Poetry of Kansas

A School Of Patience.

When you approach the telephone
To tell the call-girl on her throne,
To give you number so and so,
Just ring the phone-bell sweet and low,
And if she answers not your call,
Do not begin to loudly bawl,
And give the bell another jerk___
Let patience have her perfect work.
If waiting long you ring again,
Don't turn it with your might and main,
But turn it gently as the breeze
Disports among the leafy trees;
For this delay there may be cause;
Remember, in sweet woman's jaws
The conversation microbes lurk___
Let patience have her perfect work.
Again perhaps you ring the bell;
No answer comes. You say___oh, well,
Don't say it___bite your under lip;
Let no discourteous utterance slip;
Don't try to thwart or conquer fate;
Just learn to labor and to wait;
Do not, I pray, retort or quirk___
Let patience have her perfect work.
Again you ring and ring and ring;
Your brain begins to whirl and swing;
But like old Baal long time ago
The phone-girl answers not "hello!"
Now is the time to show your grit;
Just quietly and tamely quit;
Fold up your phone-door like a Turk___
Patience has had her perfect work.
__J. M. Cavaness.

Jayhawker Juleps
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)
Page 44

Kansas:  Poetry  History  Towns  Counties  Colleges  Libraries  Museums

March 16, 20033 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

Blue Skyways Kansas on the Net   Visit the Home Page for Kansas
  A service of the Kansas State Library