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Then Ag'in

Sam Walter Foss 1858 (Candia) – 1911

Jim Bowker, he said, ef he'd had a fair show,
And a big enough town for his talents to grow,
And the least bit assistance in hoein' his row,
Jim Bowker, he said,
He'd filled the world full of the sound of his name,
An' clim the top round in the ladder of fame.
It may have been so;
I dunno;
Jest so, it might been,
Then ag'in,

But he had tarnal luck, eyerythin' went ag'in him,
The arrers of fortune they allus' 'ud pin him;
So he didn't get no chance to show off what was in him.
Jim Bowker, he said,
Ef he'd had a fair show, you couldn't tell where he'd come,
An' the feats he'd a-done, an' the heights he'd a-clum,
It may have been so;
I dunno;
Jest so, it might been,
Then ag'in,

But we're all like Jim Bowker, thinks I, more or less,
Charge fate for our bad luck, ourselves for success,
An' give fortune the blame for all our distress,
As Jim Bowker, he said,
Ef it hadn't been for luck an' misfortune an' sich,
We might a-been famous, an' might a-been rich.
It might be jest so;
I dunno;
Jest so, it might been,
Then ag'in,
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
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Words 208
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 10, 10, 10

Sam Walter Foss

Sam Walter Foss was an American librarian and poet whose works included The House by the Side of the Road and The Coming American. more…

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