Poetry of Kansas

Jack's Decision Between Wife Or Mom.

"JACK, am I a burden upon my own child?
Who was it kissed thee when first thou smiled?
Who was it toiled from early till late?
What! to the poorhouse? Is that my fate?
"Jack, and I love you dearer than life.
I know you are married; you have a wife.
Eliza scorns me, 't is plain to be seen,
But, Jack, remember what a mother I've been.
"How often have I myself denied
To grant the last wish of your father who died
He told me to see our Jack through College,
For he was a seeker ever of knowledge.
"Well, Jack, I have tried to do my best;
You won the honors, and you know the rest__
How you fell in love with Eliza Brown,
The grandest flirt in all the town.
"I know you love her with all your heart,
But, Jack, you owe your old mother a part.
There's none that loves you so faithful and true,
And I will love you whatever you do."
Then Jack looked up. "Well, mother," he said,
"I ought to be killed, right out, stone dead,
To think of the way I 'ye treated you,
When not another is half so true.
If Eliza won't do what is right,
Then she and I must part to-night.
I can get a wife, but never another
Such a faithful, loving, and kind old mother."

__James Wilkinson.

Hulda Fetzer
(Independence, KS: ___. 1906)
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