Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Malloch’

Front and Back Yard Poetry

September 13, 2010


(Suggested by E.B.D., Muskegon, Mich.)

My old Dutch friend, years without end,
Each morning of his life,
With broom and pan (a cleanly man,
As cleanly as his wife)
His porch has swept, and then has stepped
From porch to walk to gate,
From house to street has kept things neat,
As tidy as his mate.

The world without has dust, no doubt,
Dishonesty, and sin,
But he keeps fair, his walk, his stair,
His little world within.
He cannot change and re-arrange
This world so wrong, so hard,
And yet Old Dutch can do this much —
Keep clean his own front yard.

Perhaps this earth would have more worth,
Be better than it is,
If all of us would follow thus
This simple rule of his.
How much it might help set things right,
How much it all would mean,
If you and I, if low or high,
Would keep our own yards clean.

(Copyright, 1930, by Douglas Malloch)

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Oct 9, 1930

Image from the O.C. History Round-up,  an interesting blog, particularly if you are from Orange County, California.


Seems to me that ev’rything around the place is glad,
Chickens scratch and robins sing and nothin’ feels so bad,
Seems to me the kittens play and that the old cow moos
Just about the same today as when they got the noos
That copper slumped and silver fell
And Wall Street wasn’t feelin’ well.

Seems that they don’t realize how things have gone to pot;
Still the roosters advertise around the old home lot,
Seems to me the chickens still hunt what they’re huntin’ for,
If worms are fewer in the hill just scratch a little more.
The pup’s as busy as the bird,
But then perhaps they haven’t heard.

Seems to me we’re too inclined to look across the fence,
Usin’ someone else’s mind, not our own common sense.
Seems to me we have our patch when business isn’t big —
That’s the place we ought to scratch, the ground we ought to dig.
The way to help when times are hard
Is scratchin’ in our own back yard.

(Copyright, 1930, by Douglas Malloch)

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Oct 30, 1930

“It Pays to Economize”

April 15, 2010


County Clerk Charles Fischer has received the following verses from Monroe, Wis., where the poet, J.W. Stewart, is the clerk of Green county. The unique invitation is both good reading and timely. Few officials combine a love of statistics with the poetic gift.


You are hereby notified,
And this you must remember;
Go to your County Court House,
On the eleventh day of November.

‘Tis a meeting of the County Board
And that is the opening day;
So be there promptly on time,
And hear what there is to say.

No doubt you’ll enjoy your work,
while at your county seat;
May you have a harmonious session,
And have plenty of things to eat.

In this notice that I give you,
I’ll try to give you the facts;
It may aid you in your work,
As well as guide you in your acts.

Much State Aid Road has been built,
State expenses are also very high;
and when you pay your taxes,
It will almost make you cry.

You may call this state progressive,
Or the land of milk and honey;
But to pay the running expenses,
You bet, that takes some money.

We have a grand University,
Every state does look this way;
The property owners pay the taxes,
And the politicians make the hay.

Over a million, from the tax payers
For this institution, it does take;
In the ways of using money,
It does surely take the cake.

There are commissioners of all kinds,
And many systems, which are to come;
But the system for increasing taxes,
Has them all “going some.”

All these things are expensive,
Still, it was voted, don’t you know;
But the payment of high taxes,
May teach us to go slow.

This state is considered prosperous,
Will you tell me, what made it so?
Was it the State Highway Law?
Most emphatically, I say no!

It’s the industry of our people,
Who toil from morn till night;
With the aid of the dairy cow,
That’s made them win the fight.

‘Tis such men as, Moore and Babcock,
And the tillers of the land;
That’s made Wisconsin prosperous,
And not, our tax figuring band.

We may be prosperous now,
But we’er liable to lose our head;
As we may be taxed to death,
And be numbered with the dead.

Unless we make some changes,
I can see the handwriting on the wall;
That a new party, will take our place
About a year from this fall.

Then come prepared for business,
At this session of the County Board;
And help reduce the taxes,
From the point, to which they’ve soared.

Instruct the next Legislature,
Either by Resolution or otherwise;
To stop being so extravagant,
And to learn to economize.

Elect good men to represent you,
From the district, in which you live;
Then let “economy” be their motto
Or any other, that you choose to give.

I trust these lines will be read,
By people of every size;
Who should remember my motto,
“That it pays to economize.”

Here’s to the State of Wisconsin,
Here’s to the County of Green;
Which is the greatest dairy County,
That the world has ever seen.

Now remember my instructions,
And be there on the opening day;
I will now, bid you Good-bye,
As I have nothing else to say.

County Clerk.

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Nov 8, 1913


By Douglas Malloch

Let’s vote for men not measures, truth not laws,
Concern ourselves not with effect but cause.
The leader is the army, judge the court,
And matter more than rules of every sort.
Platforms and precepts and ideals and creeds,
What are they all unless expressed in deeds?
The greatest nation or the smallest clan,
The thing that really matters is the man.

In men the land much always put its trust;
No law is just unless the judge is just.
I’d rather trust my fortunes to the wise
Than written wisdom that some knave applies.
A golden scepter is a tawdry thing,
However wise the law, if fool the king,
Men matter most, and so I say again,
Let’s vote for measures less, and more for the men.

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Dec 17, 1907