Poetry of Kansas

City Elections

        Election now is over and the votes are counted
out, the victors are rejoicing to see the losers pout;
the statesmen are selected to make the city's laws,
the local politicians now may rest their weary jaws.
The race is to the swiftest, the battle to the strong,
their friends now slap them on the back, but soon
they'll change their song. For there's one who wants
a street light on the corner where he lives and one
don't like the service his water meter gives; the
sportsman will be wrathy if the marshal shoots his
dog; the preacher wants a sidewalk built down past
the synagogue; the merchant wants an ordinance to
keep Ward Skeerbuck out and to stop the vile in-
truder who peddles sour krout; the taxes are away
too high, the crossings are too low and if they put the
paving in where will the water go ? There are lots
of things need doing in each kick infested town but
the man who undertakes them adds some stars unto
his crown, for henceforth his earthly journey will be
filled with grief and woe till he soars away to glory
from this wicked world below.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Page 91

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