Poetry of Kansas

The Foolish Woodpecker

  A woodpecker once,
  A sort of a dunce,
  And who as a warbler not much of a siren,
  Passed by many trees
  Where he might have with ease
  Bored out a nice hole to his hunger appease,
*For a lofty church steeple made out of
      sheet iron.
  He whetted his bill,
  And then with good-will
  And a thrumpty-thrum-thrum he started
      to bore,
  Nor let up until
  The end of his bill
  Was worn off so much that it gave him a
  And the back of his bobber began to get
  A black bird and wren,
  A rooster and hen,
  A crow and a sparrow were watching him
  And squinted one eye
  At his birdship so high,
  So far from the earth that he looked like a
  And wondered how long he could work
      with good-will.
  When his bobber gave out
  He gave a faint shout
  To the crowd that was watching him down
      on the ground,
  And said, Come up here
  Where the air is so clear
  And lend me a hand, for a worm is so near
  Whenever I peck I can hear his faint sound.
  Then the blackbird and wren
  And the sparrow and hen
  And the crow that were watching him,
      called from below
  And said, "Silly Goose,
  Your work's of no use,
  You might drill in that iron until your
      head's loose.
  You have no more sense than some men
      that we know."
  * The steeple referred to is the one on the M. P. Church
  at Spring Hill, Kansas.

__Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
Pages 100-101

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