Poetry of Kansas

Molly And John

They courted a year or more ere they were wed
John spending his money without seeming dread
And Molly went dressed just as well as the others,
Tho' many of them may have had richer mothers.
Oh yes, they were married, for life did you say!
The honey-moon over and still they were gay.
And John kept on steady at work with no strife
And Molly did her's as a dutiful wife.
Why where is the point to a story like this
I know you feel sure there was something amiss
Were they not divorced,
Didn't John turn out bad
Didn't Molly act foolish cavort and get mad?
Oh no, they lived on just as folks ought to live
If something went wrong they had sense to forgive
They kept off the front page except now and then
A mention would come of a baby again..
Their children, God Bless 'em, raised on frugal fare,
Turned out to be good with their fond parents care.
There wasn't a scandal. Does the big idea dawn,
On your mind, that most folks are like Molly and John?

__Ed Blair


Random Rhymes
Ed Blair
(Spring Hill, Kansas: New Era Publishing Co. 1939)
Page 61

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