Posted by: Oklahoma Sun | January 7, 2010

Poetry in Oklahoma.

Poetry in Oklahoma.

Vol. XXXV. No. 898. LIFE   February 1, 1900.

Clarence Douglas, of Purcell, Oklahoma, a few weeks ago wrote the following poem:

Man and Nature.

HOW grand to stand upon the virgin plain
When stars are beaming in the sky,
And hear the distant thundering train.
And see it flashing by.

How small a thing man seems to be,
With such immensities in view;
A grain of sand beside the sea,
A fragile drop of dew.

O, proud and boastful man, take heed,
Behold the mighty works of God
Thou art a little thing, indeed—
A grass blade in the sod!

When Editor Williams, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, saw the poem, he took his pen in hand and wrote the following parody:

Man and Her Father.

HOW sad to stand out on the lonesome plain,
When clouds are heavy in the sky,
And be exposed unto the wind and rain,
While she you love is dry.

How small a thing man seems to be
When he is wet through to the hide,
Because her dad will not agree
To let him woo inside.

O, proud and boastful man, take heed,
The old chap’s big and roughly shod!
‘Tis better to get wet, indeed,
Than lie beneath the sod.

When the poet saw the parody, he shouldered his trusty rifle and started overland for Ardmore. The editor was in when he called. Then a shot rang out, and there was a vacancy for a live newspaper man in that vicinity. Last week Mr. Douglas was found not guilty by an Oklahoma Jury, and the incident was declared closed. Now, let Kipling and Austin go to Oklahoma. There they may find protection from the parodists and satirists. There alone, apparently, does the sacredness of the sublime songster’s calling find the recognition that is necessary to keep it from going to pot.

Chicago Times-Herald.