Spoon River Anthology
Edgar Lee Masters
Eugenia Todd << --- >> Washington McNeely
THEY got me into the Sunday-school
In Spoon River
And tried to get me to drop
Confucius for Jesus. I could have been no worse off
If I had tried to get them to drop Jesus for Confucius.
For, without any warning, as if it were a prank,
And sneaking up behind me, Harry Wiley,
The minister's son, caved my ribs into my lungs,
With a blow of his fist.
Now I shall never sleep with my ancestors in Pekin,
And no children shall worship at my grave.
Source: Project Gutenberg