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SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY: COONEY POTTER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I inherited forty acres from my father
Last Line: Brought me here ere I had reached my sixtieth year.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


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,
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
During the scorching hours of harvest time
Brought me here ere I had reached my sixtieth year.





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