Poetry of Kansas

The Sophomore's Invitation

Come out with me, O maiden mine,
    Come out and roam the campus;
I'll wield the fairy bug-net thine,
And flounder through the bindweed vine,
    A-puffing like a grampus.
The homely stone for thee shall yield
    Its coleopterous treasure;
For thee across the stubble field
I'll chase the scarab's shining shield
    And make believe its pleasure.
Each rotten log for us shall be
    A casket of Pandora;
The crazy ant, the wicked flea,
The spunky cicindelidae
    Shall help complete our Flora.
Or on some warm and dusky night
    We'll hie us to the arbor;
With glucose syrup and a light
We'll lure the sphynx's heavy flight
    Into our fatal harbor.
So come with me, O maiden mine,
    O come and roam the campus;
Why wilt thou over tangents pine,
Or in Greek roots thy wits entwine,
    A-puffing like a grampus.
___William Herbert Carruth
Selected by Arthur Richmond Marsh
(Lawrence: Journal Publishing Co. 1888)
Pages 130-131
April 14, 2004 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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