Poetry of Kansas

The Two Johns.

Big John and Little John,
See them trudge and shuffle on;
Overgrown and undersize,
Sleepy eyes and sparkling eyes;
  Black as night,
  Lilly white,
What a droll and charming sight.
Big John is twenty-one,
Full of clumsy mirth and fun;
Does the chores around the place,
Has the full moon for his face;
  Earth and skies
Little John in Big John's eyes.
Little John is nearly four,
Owns a steamboat, keeps a store,
Runs a circus, drives a hack,
Has a railroad, train and track.
  Wants his hat,
  Ball and bat,
Big John's little autocrat.
Little John and Big John,
Each the other's paragon;
Partners in a thousand things,
Happy both of them as kings;
  Comic pair,
  Swart and fair,
Yet together everywhere.

__Harry Edward Mills.


Select Sunflowers
Harry Edward Mills
(Fort Scott: Sunflower Press. 1901)
Pages 24-25

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