Graphic from the book for the top of even-numbered pages

Where "A Lovely Time Was Had"


Bill Hucks, the item-chaser on the Willer Creek
            Gayzette,
Was the likeliestest hustler that old man McCray
            could get.
As a writer-up of runaways, an' funerals, an' shows,
Bill never had an equal, nor a rival, goodness knows.
So we sent him up a invite to a doin's Susie give,
And he writ a piece about it that was fine, as sure's
            you live.
But all I kin remember is, "We hardly need to add
The guests agreed at leaving that a lovely time was
            had."
 
O, yes - come now to think of it - her maw cooked
            up some cake,
And pies and floatin' island truck that Susie helped
            to make,
And they was pickle-lilly, too, and beets and jell
            and jam,
And slaw, and chicken-salad, and some sanwiches
            of ham.
And them Bill said was "viands," which, in writin-
            up he owned
"Made a tempting feast of good things, and the
            table fairly groaned.
And when the wee sma' hours were come, we hardly
            need to add,
The guests agreed at leaving that a lovely time
            was had."
 
Old Bill has gone from Willer Crick; the Gaysette
            is no more;
Old McCray has stole away to find the Golden
            Shore.
Susie has been married off for lo! these many
            years,
And some of them that come that night have quit
            this vale of tears;
But maw has in her scrap-book--'long with little
            Laury's death,
And the pome about the baby and the accident to
            Seth --
The piece about the doin's, and today it makes us
            glad.
To read at Susie's party "that a lovely time was
            had."
___William Allen White
 
Sunflowers, A Book of Kansas Poems
Selected by Willard Wattles
pages 36-37
(Chicago: A. C. McClurg. 1916)
 
July 8, 2004 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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