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Prairie Love

From The Sun, August 27, 1913. By Arthur Chapman.

The sailor loves the craft he sails—
    He loves each bolt and spar;
The horseman loves the steed that bears
    Him o’er the plains afar;
But there is love surpassing all
    Writ in the sailor’s log;
It is the love that dwells betwixt
    The sheepman and his dog.

The love is born of lonely nights
    And days upon the plain,
Of storms upon the mountain tops,
    Of toil in cold and rain;
At even, in the fire glow,
    What comradeship so strong
As that ‘twixt dog and shepherd when
    The night wind sings its song?

The ranch lights twinkle o’er the ways
    Where many comrades tramped;
They light the uplands, once so drear,
    Where dog and herder camped;
But still that friendship must abide
    In newer fields afar,
For love that’s born of lonely life
    Is deathless as a star.

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