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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Autumn
By Elizabeth Madox Roberts
 
From “Talk from the Dust”

DICK and Will and Charles and I
  Were playing it was election day;
And I was running for president,
  And Dick was a band that was going to play,
 
And Charles and Will were a street parade.        5
  But Clarence came, and said that he
Was going to run for president,
  And I could run for school-trustee.
 
He made some flags for Charles and Will,
  And a badge to go on Dickie’s coat.        10
He stood some cornstalks by the fence
  And had them for the men that vote.
 
Then he climbed on a box and made a speech
  To the cornstalk men that were in a row.
It was all about the Dem-o-crats,        15
  And “I de-fy any man to show”;
 
And “I de-fy any man to say”,
  And all about “It’s a big disgrace”.
He spoke his speech out very loud
  And shook his fist in a cornstalk’s face.        20
 
 
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