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THE THIRD PERSON, by            
First Line: I know a man (accounted wise)
Last Line: (and very much like you and me.)
Subject(s): Fights; Food & Eating


I KNOW a man (accounted wise)
Who thinks himself an ancient make
Of musket. Breakfast food supplies
His powder, and a Hamburg steak
The bullet, while a flannel-cake
Acts as the wadding. Then away
He shoots for all that fighting day;
Shoots to his car, shoots to his work,
Shoots here, shoots there,
Shoots everywhere
A dollar may be thought to lurk;
Shoots out to luncheon, shoots to drink,
Shoots home at night, too tired to think,
Shoots through the news, and, spent at last,
Drops, thankful that the day is past.
For all this stress from dawn to sleep
He gets his victuals, clothes, and keep.
Ho! Ho! A foolish man is he.
(And very much like you and me.)





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