Poetry of Kansas

The Office Seeker.

Soon the little office seeker
    Will be getting in the push,
With a face and manner meeker
    Than old Moses by the bush.
He will grasp your hand so tightly,
    And will smile from ear to ear,
And his countenance beam brightly,
    With the gospel of good cheer.
He commends the pretty misses
    For their cunning, winsome ways.
And the dirty baby kisses,
    And no nausea betrays.
In his eagerness to meet you,
    He will cross a muddy road,
And with pleasant words will greet you,
    And then play the little toad.
He's a paragon of virtue,
    If you let him teii tne tale
If you help him 'twill not hurt you,
    When he rises in the scale.
Is it needful thus to saunter
All around old Rob Hood's barn?
Why not reach the point instanter,
Cutting out yarn after yarn.
There's an antiquated saying,
    Let the office seek the man
Ears stand out above this braying,
    Fashioned something like a fan.
If you hanker for position,
    Do not seek it with a lie
Do not call it recognition,
    When you're only after pie.
Never pose as a defendant,
    To your better self be true
Be courageous,independent,
    Let none have a string on you.
If you want an office say it,
    In an earnest, honest tone
Manhood Is the price, then pay It,
    Or leave politics alone.

__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 26

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