Poetry of Kansas

The Man With A Pull.

The world is full of all kinds of men,
    Men little known and of world-wide fame;
Men most noble and pure. and then
    Men devoid of all sense of shame;
And some are almost as wise as the gods,
    And some would rank far below the fool;
But the greatest of them in the world by odds,
    Is the man who has the political pull
With patriotic and lofty zeal
    He may have served in the civil war,
And because to his country's welfare leal
    His body may bear many a battle scar;
His loyalty to his native land
    May be a yard wide and all pure wool;
He has no ground upon which to stand
    With the man who has a political pull.
His character may be good and true,
    A man with more than a local fame,
And with a record no mortal knew
    To bring discredit upon his name.
Of kindly deeds and of noble aims
    His whole life long may have been full,
But gifts and graces present no claims
    O'er the man who has a political pull.
He may have labored for many a year
    To build up and boom his native town,
And shared with his neighbors the hope and fear
    Of fortune's smile or misfortune's frown.
In all his dealing with fellow men
    He may have followed the golden rule,
But he Is not in it even then
    With the man who has a political pull.
Political wires are full of crooks,
    But they are lengthy and tough and strong;
And they have very questionable looks,
    As they tow a seeker for office along;
And as one watches the movements queer,
    His intellect must be very dull,
If he fails to see with a vision clear
    The man in the background who has the pull.
__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 47

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