Poetry of Kansas

An Inalienable Right

Jim Jacobs read with much alarm
    Of hyphenated skates
Who try to work their schemes for ham
    On these United States.
Then in his patriotic breast
    An angry passion rose,
So high it nearly split his vest
    And tingled in his toes.
"These furriners," Jim Jacobs said,
    "On mischief shore are bent;
They seem to have it in their head
    To bust this gover'ment.
They leave their wives to do the chores
And pack in wood and cobs
While they infest our peaceful shores
    And steal away our jobs.
"The men who guide the ship of state
    Are ignorant as sin,
Or they would go and shut the gate
    That lets these meddlers in.
Now, I am forced to pay a tax
    That's bigger every year
Because I own some little shacks,
    A work hoss or a steer.
Our children have to go to schools
    And we must buy them books
Because we are a set of fools
    Run by a set of crooks.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Page 23

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