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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

59. Cooney Potter

I INHERITED forty acres from my Father 
And, by working my wife, my two sons and two daughters 
From dawn to dusk, I acquired 
A thousand acres. But not content, 
Wishing to own two thousand acres,         5
I bustled through the years with axe and plow, 
Toiling, denying myself, my wife, my sons, my daughters. 
Squire Higbee wrongs me to say 
That I died from smoking Red Eagle cigars. 
Eating hot pie and gulping coffee  10
During the scorching hours of harvest time 
Brought me here ere I had reached my sixtieth year. 



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