The Canyon Flowers
: MAY DAY
: Good Stories For Great Holidays
BY RALPH CONNOR (ADAPTED)
At first there were no canyons, but only the broad, open prairie. One
day the Master of the Prairie, walking out over his great lawns, where
were only grasses, asked the Prairie: "Where are your flowers?"
And the Prairie said: "Master, I have no seeds."
Then he spoke to the birds, and they carried seeds of every kind of
flower and strewed them far and
ide, and soon the Prairie bloomed with
crocuses and roses and buffalo beans and the yellow crowfoot and the
wild sunflowers and the red lilies, all the summer long.
Then the Master came and was well pleased; but he missed the flowers he
loved best of all, and he said to the Prairie: "Where are the clematis
and the columbine, the sweet violets and wind-flowers, and all the ferns
and flowering shrubs?"
And again the Prairie answered: "Master, I have no seeds."
And again he spoke to the birds and again they carried all the seeds and
strewed them far and wide.
But when next the Master came, he could not find the flowers he loved
best of all, and he said: "Where are those, my sweetest flowers?"
And the Prairie cried sorrowfully: "O Master, I cannot keep the flowers,
for the winds sweep fiercely, and the sun beats upon my breast, and they
wither up and fly away."
Then the Master spoke to the Lightning, and with one swift blow the
Lightning cleft the Prairie to the heart. And the Prairie rocked and
groaned in agony, and for many a day moaned bitterly over its black,
jagged, gaping wound.
But a little river poured its waters through the cleft, and carried down
deep, black mould, and once more the birds carried seeds and strewed
them in the canyon. And after a long time the rough rocks were decked
out with soft mosses and trailing vines, and all the nooks were hung
with clematis and columbine, and great elms lifted their huge tops high
up into the sunlight, and down about their feet clustered the low cedars
and balsams, and everywhere the violets and wind-flowers and maiden-hair
grew and bloomed till the canyon became the Master's place for rest and
peace and joy.