Poetry of Kansas

Bowels and Brains.

In early days of Kansas
The air was full of lances,
    The lances of the tongue
It was hard times, my sonny,
And people had no money,
    But ample jaw and lung.
Two men in Douglas county
Were seekers of the bounty
    That office holding gains ;
The one was fat and gritty,
The other lean and witty--
    'Twas bowels versus brains.
It was a famous battle,
Old Slander and Old Tattle
    Had made a merry chase
But Brains had not been in it,
No, not a single minute,
    For Bowels won the race.
How often do we see it,
The fates seem to decree it,
    A picturesque old hog,
Mr. Bowels orotundo,
O'er Mr. Brains profundo,
    Is winner of the tog.

__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 36

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