Poetry of Kansas

Youth

How shall I go to Down Town
        Where the gypsy fiddlers play,
And the crowds dance in the Plaza
        And the night is turned to day?
How shall I go to Down Town,
        The town so far away?
 
There are forty ways to Down Town
        Through all the country-side;
There are paths that lead through meadows;
        There are highways smooth and wide;
There are shady lanes and by-ways;
        There are carts and nags to ride.
 
Jack rode his father's stallion;
        Jill went with her heart's desire;
Jean went with a gypsy peddler;
        Jock tramped it through the mire;
Joan through a book and pencil;
        And Jane, for a servant's hire.
 
There are forty ways to Down Town,
        And each is a beaten track;
There are forty ways to Down Town,
        With travelers never a lack;
There are forty ways to Down Town
        And never a way that comes back!

__Marco Morrow.

Contemporary Kansas Poetry
Helen Rhoda Hoopes
page 92
(Kansas City: Joseph D. Havens Company. 1927)

 
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