To The Sorosis Club
Of Spring Hill
That I, alas, alack! am living yet.
But then I'd rather be still in Life's Ring
With but a few at times my praise to sing,
Than be a Burns, a Byron or a Poe
Who passed from life a hundred years ago.
Be kind today___and if perchance you see
Some happy thought expressed in rhyme by m
Sing loud my praise and say the Sunflower State
At last has found for Ware a running mate,
("But if the sense and rhythm should be terrors
Please charge it up to typographic errors.")
Be sweet today, and only look for those
Sweet flowers like the asters or. the rose,
Refusing e'en to see a burr or thorn
That here and there some paragraphs adorn.
But criticise___nor deal in broken doses___
Yet be my steadfast friend, oh, Dear Sorosis.
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)