Poetry of Kansas

Kate Bender Dead Again

    My eyes are brimming o'er with tears
        My heart is full of woe;
    An old time friend went up the flume
        A day or two ago.
    Kate Bender was this maiden's name,
        You've heard it o'er and o'er;
    The hand of death has laid her low
        A dozen times before.
    I know I should not weep and wail
        Nor shed the briny tear,
For Katy will come back to earth
        And die again next year.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
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