Poetry of Kansas

Striking It Rich

He used to wear patched overalls and eat the plain-
        est fare,
His horses and his cattle were mostly bones and hair;
He had a little mortgaged farm but could not make
        it pay
Because his land would not produce sufficient corn
        and hay.
At last, when hope herself had fled, he gave a drill-
        er's lease
And soon was wading through a stream of black and
        fragrant grease.
He traded off his crowbaits and his skinny sow and
And filled his lots and hog pens with a dozen drill-
        ing rigs.
He sold his shackly road cart and bought a motor
He wandered over Europe and he stopped in
He traveled all about the earth by air and sea and
From Greenland's icy mountain to India's coral
The while his nifty little yacht across the ocean
His hours are filled with peacefulness and in his
        nightly dreams
He floats to some enchanted isle, where comes no
        thought of toil,
Within an atmosphere of gas, upon a sea of oil.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Page 32

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