Ellis Parker Butler

(5 December 1869 - 13 September 1937 / Muscatine / Iowa / United States)

Ellis Parker Butler Poems

41. Circumstantial Evidence 4/20/2010
42. An Old-Fashioned Garden 4/20/2010
43. Djolan 1/13/2003
44. A Satisfactory Reform 4/20/2010
45. To Lovers 1/1/2004
46. Dogs 4/20/2010
47. No Beer, No Work 4/20/2010
48. Anticipation 4/20/2010
49. Jabed Meeker, Humorist 4/20/2010
50. A Culinary Puzzle 4/20/2010
51. An Exception 4/20/2010
52. At Variance 4/20/2010
53. The Hunter 4/20/2010
54. Why I Went To The Foot 4/20/2010
55. Immortality 4/20/2010
56. Deer 4/20/2010
57. The Water Nymphs 4/20/2010
58. Judgment Day 4/20/2010
59. How'D You Like It? 4/20/2010
60. Cupid Caught Napping 4/20/2010
61. Golden Silence 4/20/2010
62. A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy 4/20/2010
63. A Pastoral 4/20/2010
64. Mary Had A Little Frog 4/20/2010
65. The Golf Walk 4/20/2010
66. A Study In Feeling 4/20/2010
67. Bird Nesting 4/20/2010
68. Why Washington Retreated 1/13/2003
69. A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister 4/20/2010
70. A Question 4/20/2010
71. Good - Better - Best 1/1/2004
72. The Ballad Of A Bachelor 1/13/2003
73. A Lost Angel 4/20/2010
74. A Minute 4/20/2010
Best Poem of Ellis Parker Butler

A Minute

She plucked a blossom fair to see;
Upon my coat I let her pin it;
And thus we stood beneath the tree
A minute.

She turned her smiling face to me;
I saw a roguish sweetness in it;
I kissed her once;—it took, maybe,
A minute.

The time was paltry, you’ll agree;
It took but little to begin it;
But since my heart has not been free
A minute.

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Good - Better - Best

When young, in tones quite positive
I said, "The world shall see
That I can keep myself from sin;
A good man I will be."

But when I loved Miss Kate St. Clair
'Twas thus my musing ran:
"I cannot be compared with her;
I'll be a better man."

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