Poetry of Kansas

He Hung To His Rope

Out near Hells Bend, Kans., is a tombstone on which is inscribed
    the following obituary:
Here lies William Larryett,
Afraid of no man whom he met,
From his birth he hated soap,
Lov'd but one thing__ it was rope.
When a boy he'd rope wild steers,
And wild horses without fears;
And one night when others slept,
Roped a horse another kept,
Then this man who hated soap
Died, but still hung to his rope.

Kansas Zephyrs
Ed. Blair
(Madison, Wis.: American Thresherman. 1901)
Page 143

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July 17, 2003 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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