Poetry of Kansas

Ability and Inclination

My neighbor Jones will write no book,
    Although he has a mind to;
Because, you see, he lacks the mind-
    A fact he's grossly blind to.
My neighbor Brown will write no book,
    Because he has no mind to;
Although he doubtless has the mind___
    A fact he's partly blind to.
One needs two things to write a book:
    One needs to have a mind to,
And also needs to have the mind___
    Which facts let none be blind to.

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
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