ONE BY ONE. One By One, a poem by J.M. Cavaness Poetry of Kansas

One By One

One by one the petals fall
From the drooping summer rose
One by one, beyond recall,
Come the wrinkles round the nose.

One by one the forest trees
Drop their leaves to earth beneath
One by one, with gleesome case,
DentiAs yank out aching teeth.

One by bne big dinners flow
Down the gulch with cream end cake
One by one the doctors go
After vermiforms that ache.

One by one the flakes come down,
In old winter's whirlwind glee ;
One by one locks round the crown
Blossom like the almond tree.

One by one maids fair and fain,
On some manly bosom drop ;
One by one life's cups we drain
Some are nectar, some are slop.

One by one as years depart
High hopes tumble Into wreck
One by one death's poisoned dart
Gives it to us in the neck.

__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
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