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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Puncher Poet
By Phil LeNoir
From “Western Poems”

JEST onct I was a temperamental, sentimental poet—
Grew a man like Colonel Cody’s for to show it.
  I’d write poems in my dreams
  And I’d sing ’em to the teams.
          Yup!        5
A sentimental, ornamental poet.
Wrote a poem onct about ol’ Bloody Bill,
Told about the many humans he had killed,
  Took him through his entire life,
  Showed his love an’ showed his strife.        10
Then I hung up like a lunger on a hill.
I was near the happy ending of my tale,
Had ol’ Billy ketched an’ in the county jail—
  When the words plum petered out,
  Wouldn’t flow, wouldn’t spout.        15
Then I roared an’ hit the temperamental trail.
I went to pawin’ an’ a clawin’ for them words,
Skeered the wife an’ sent her roostin’ with the birds.
  But they wouldn’t come alive
  Though I raved till half-past five;        20
Then I quit the house an’ joined the loco herd.
Now I only hear one temperamental call—
It’s the rumble of the cattle’s organ-bawl.
  As fur the little tale
  Bloody Bill is still in jail—        25
Which was a damn good place to leave him after all.

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