Poetry of Kansas

New Year Resolves

    I will not swear, I will not smoke, I will not
crack a naughty joke, I will not drink a drop of
booze, my temper I will never lose. I will not gam-
ble, steal or lie nor cheat my neighbor on the sly, I'll
help the poor with lavish hand and for the right will
take my stand. I will not knock against my town,
but try to keep dissension down, of people's faults I
will not talk nor spit upon the floor or walk and thus
distribute deadly germs; nor patronize mail order
firms. I'll try to be a moral guide, a beacon, shining
far and wide. I'll seek the right and shun the wrong
and make this life one happy song. The virtuous
path today I'll seek and walk in it___perhaps a week.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Page 85

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