Poetry of Kansas

Clean Up Your Own Back Yard.

There are filthy places about your home,
  That will keep you busy enough
So let your neighbor's affairs alone,
  And cart off your own old stuff.
If you would stand well In your neighborhood,
  And high in the people's regard,
Get busy, old man, get busy right now,
  And clean up your own back yard.

Your neighbor may not be all he claims
  He may have bad habits galore ;
Get an old X-ray and examine yourself,
  You will likely find many more;
Your sinful habits may be so bad
  As to make you by many abhorred;
Get busy, old man, get busy today,
  And clean up your own back yard.

What a lovely place this world would be,
  If every last mother's son,
Would take a rake and a fine tooth comb,
  And begin at earliest dawn
To cleanse his premises In and out,
  His home life and alley and sward,
And cart his garbage far out of sight,
  And clean up his own back yard.

__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 42

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