Poetry of Kansas

The Successful Failure

Bill Budlong of Ranikaboo
Had nothing whatever to do;
Each job that he tried he bungled and pied,
Till he had to get up and skiddoo.
He started to work for himself,
But he never could corner the pelf;
His head was so lame his creditors came
And laid his affairs on the shelf.
Now Bill would occasionally mix
With the men who were in politics;
So Tom, Dick and Bob created a job
The future of William to fix.
They made him the Big Gazaboo,
The Rajah of Ranikaboo.
Ten dollars a day he draws as his pay
And he has very little to do.
He rules like a king on his throne
And the depth of his gall is unknown.
He can teach millionaires to run their affairs
Though he never could manage his own.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Pages 105

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