Poetry of Kansas

The Standard Octopus.

The Octopus Is a wily beast And his tentacles are long and strong,
      And they reach beyond the sea ;
But when he would get beneath his paw
      The old Jayhawker crew,
Like Gilroy's kite they made him fly
      Until he reached the blue.

The Octopus is a wise old beast
      A wise old beast is he;
And he has outwitted men and states,
      And nations long called free
Put when he spread his slimy form
      Out toward the woolly west,
The Kansas legislator gave
      His tall an awful twist.

The Octopus is a mighty beast
      A mighty beast is he ;
He thought to rule with lordly sway
      In every land and sea
But when he roamed on Kansas soil,
      With his high-stepping gait,
A Kansas cyclone came along
      And swept him from the state.

The Octopus of the Standard brand
      Is a robber big and bold,
Worse than a million Robin Hoods,
      That highwayman of old;
And when he called a Kansas man
      To hold his hands up high,
He got a solar plexus blow
      And a bulging big black eye.

__J. M. Cavaness.

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