Poetry of Kansas

Our Nation's Rich Today

Three years ago our Uncle Sam
    Was in old England's debt,
She held our bonds, a large amount,
    How much I now forget.
But things have changed the other
    Old England is the buyer,
We furnish them with food today,
    Our food stuff's going higher.
O, yes, our country's getting rich,
    At least our papers say.
Our ammunition plants and sich
    Are coining cash today.
We feed the nations far away,
    We fill each brimming cup.
O, yes, we're getting rich today
    As food stuff's going up.
There is a class that's getting rich
    They're sure to be the winner;
The poor man pays in extra cash,
    Each day he eats his dinner.
And now as thousands cry for bread,
    They'll soon investigate
So congress hustled up and said,
    We fear for some, "too late."
O, yes, our nation's rich today,
    How is our working man?
We hope our congress finds a way,
    To help him if they can.
His labor brings but little more
    He has a bitter fight,
His hungry children walk the floor,
    And food stuff's out of sight.

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Page 46

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