Poetry of Kansas

The Male

The male of the bison is a family
         man,
You've often seen the hollows on
         the plains
Where he gave battle to the coyote
         clan
Guarding the new-born young.
 
The male of the robin tends the
         hatching nest
The males of moose and fox, the
         hunter saith,
And of the rabbit, guinea, ape and
         rat
Are faithful unto death.
 
The male of mankind is a mighty
         lord
That rears his head above all
         beastly kind
And thunders his rare virtues unto
         heaven.
 
Yet, some we know
         Whom we believe,
(Considering the robin and the rat)
         Should have the grace
To thunder
         Just a little softly,

__Elizabeth N. Barr.

The High Winds of Home
Elizabeth N. Barr
(Olathe: privately published. 1922)
Pages 33-34

 
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