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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Howard Bently
By Laura Sherry
 
From “Ridge People”

JIM BURGANTINE said,
“If any other man had tried
To put over a plug hat
In this Western burg
He’d a been egged.”        5
 
Howard Bently
Didn’t follow fashion.
He brought his hat from Massachusetts—
It was a good hat
And lasted forty years.        10
For the matter of that,
Eight months of the calendar
He didn’t wear a hat;
He never did unnecessary things.
He split a cracker        15
If the scales tipped over a pound.
He split a cracker
If the scales tipped under a pound.
When a neighbor was sick
He sat up nights,        20
And took the orphans home.
 
Twenty-five thousand dollars,
Earned in his corner grocery,
Was scattered about the country
Among the struggling farmers.        25
Howard Bently died
Without trying to collect.
 
He never said unnecessary words—
He was a quiet man.
No tombstone        30
Shouts his name above the sod.
 
 
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