Poetry of Kansas

Woes Of The Wealthy

He spent his three score years and ten
    In piling up a fortune,
And earned, as his reward from men,
    Denunciations, scorchin'.
He was condemned for this and that,
    Till on his nerves it grated,
And then was called upon the mat
    To be investigated.
"Alas!" he cried, "Wealth brings no joys;
    I'll dissipate these riches
And buy ten million ragged boys
    A pair of Sunday breeches."
He scattered gold with lavish hand
    And feelings much elated.
When lo, they called him on the stand
    To be investigated.

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Page 62

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