Poetry of Kansas

The Pioneer Store At Spring Hill, Kansas

The counters were not polished (only where the
        loafers sat),
    But little light shone through the window small,
A sack of Rio coffee made a snug bed for the cat,
    The shelves extended haft way up the wall.
    'Twas just a "general" country store, at least
        they called it so,
    Perhaps because they generally were out
Of what the people wanted, and the customer
        must go
    With things with which they often were in
But stores are only ventures and the first must feel
        its way
    And this was like all others of its kind;
Some groceries and hardware, just enough to
        load a dray,
    Was largely then with what the shelves were
But there was more than merchandise dispensed
        there ev'ry day,
    When settlers from the Wea and Ten Mile,
And roaring, raging Bull Creek, and the Blue,
        ten miles away,
Spat on the stove and visited awhile.

__Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
Page 133

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