Poetry of Kansas

The Stone in the Road

Up hill, with heavy load,
    A farmer's wheels turned round;
A stone was in the road,
    At which the farmer frowned.
At once, with snap and crack,
    The shaft gave way and dropped;
The wagon staggered back,
    But struck the stone and stopped.
The stone, frowned on at first,
    Now held the wagon fast;
The stone the farmer cursed,
    Reclaimed his load at last.
Through life, repeatedly,
    The evils help and bless,
And hindrance proves to be
    A rock of sure success.

___John Edward Everett

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