Poetry of Kansas

Up Lebanon Way

Up Lebanon way, where I was born,
        They raise pigs, chickens, cows, and corn;
Things depend entirely upon the farm,
        And crop failures are viewed with some alarm.
Industrial cities consider with scorn
        Rural centers like where I was born.
 
Up Lebanon way, where I was born,
        They raise something besides stock and corn;
I say it, and I have money to bet,
        There live the finest people yet!Cosmopolitan friendship looks mighty forlorn
        Beside real friendship like where I was born.
 
Up Lebanon way, where I was born,
        The wind is tempered to the lamb that's shorn;
Misfortune descends___as misfortune does___
        But the blow is lightened by brotherly love.
Oh, I've heard city folks often mourn
        For neighbors like up where I was born.
 
Up Lebanon way, where I was born,
        They raise pigs, chickens, cows, and corn;
And to come right out and speak real plain,
        I admit it with pride and not with shame.
I have to smother a feeling of scorn,
        When city folks sneer at where I was born!
 

Stanzas For Kansas
Leonard Allen Prowant
(Wichita, Kansas: __. 1937) Page 48

 
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