James Still – "Of the Faithful"

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      Aaron Dow

      Staunch Republican was she,
      Wholly, absolutely,
      Till hell freezes over;
      Solid as a diamond
      Plumb back to Abraham Lincoln.
      (Don’t call him “Abe”;
      I hear he didn’t like it.)

      She endured the bad years–
      The terms of the opposition:
      The New Deal, the New Frontier,
      The New Society–
      But with scorn, anguish, horror.
      “The Democrats,” she scoffed,
      “Don’t even know what makes a
      pig’s tail curl.”

      When it happened–after Roosevelt’s fourth election–
      That her calf caught a leg in a fence
      And crippled it wholly, absolutley,
      She cried, “It’s that man
      in the White House!”

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      Aaron Dow

      James Still was an American poet and Kentucky’s first Poet Laureate, who lived most of his life in a log house in Knott County, Kentucky. I found a book of his poems in a box on the sidewalk and thought I’d share this one for a bit of levity.

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