Poetry of Kansas

The Call Of Duty

It costs us sixteen million plunks,
  The college experts say
For insects that infest our bunks
  And those that spoil our hay.
These figures are a sad surprise
  Our hopes have fallen flat;
All season long we swatted flies
  And batted at the rat.
It seems there is no rest at all
  Vouchsafed to mortal plug
For now the battle cry rings out:
  "Go forth and slug the bug!"

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Page 43

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