|Have you noticed what a contest
Has been going on of late?
Every blessed thing around us
Seems to want to aviate.
Airship men are fighting, striving,
For the greatest altitude
And we all are quite familiar
With the current price of food.
Now the fashions are decreeing
Higher hems for misses' skirts;
Some among the latest models
Would not do for decent shirts.
In this age of aviating
Men are mounting to the breeze,
And the girls are wearing dresses
That will hardly hide their knees.
Every season finds them shorter
And it's time to call a halt,
Ere the blasts of rude November
From the polar regions vault.
If the girls keep on undressing
At the rate they have this fall,
Ere the snow of winter strikes them
They will have no skirts at all.
Verdigris Valley Verse
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)