Classic and Contemporary Poetry
AUTUMN, by ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS Poet's Biography
First Line: Dick and will and charles and I
Last Line: And shook his fist in a cornstalk's face.
Subject(s): Political Campaigns
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.
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.
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,
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.
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