Poetry of Kansas

Life's Tragedies

SCENE 1.

Two-cent dog; a mangy cur,
Just too lazy for to stir.
 
SCENE 2.
 
Man with number thirteen boot
Comes along dressed in new suit.
 
SCENE 3.
 
Steps on two-cent doggie's tail,
Doggie sets up plaintive wail.
 
SCENE 4.
 
Owner rushes out to see
What can all the trouble be.
 
SCENE 5.
 
Says a man who kicks his dog,
He can throw down like a log.
 
SCENE 6.
 
Man with boots, he says: "By Jing
You have struck the real thing."
 
SCENE 7.
 
Leads out with the left, then right,
And the crowd yells with delight.
 
SCENE 8.
 
Police whistle; man with star;
Both are brought before the bar.
 
SCENE 9.
 
Ten for one. The other five.
*   *   *   *
But that dog was still alive.

Kansas Zephyrs
Ed. Blair
(Madison, Wis.: American Thresherman. 1901)
Page 142

 
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