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Oklahoma State Poem

Will Rogers - click to see all cultural symbols
Will Rogers sometime before 1920 - American cowboy humorist,
part Cherokee Indian, trick roper, radio commentator and
motion picture star, newspaper columnist, author, philosopher,
philanthropist - public domain image on Wikipedia.
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Howdy Folks: The Official Will Rogers Poem

by David Randolph Milsten

Well, here goes some scribblin' that's a little past due,
But I reckon I'm always a-thinkin' 'bout you.
I've been readin' the papers in my own little way,
And I see where you messed up my last birthday.
Through divine television I caught the dedication
And heard some tributes by a mighty swell nation.
Now that's a powerful nice shack you built on the hill;
But that's just like the Sooners, it gives them a thrill.

I never did nuthin' to cause all that fuss;
And sometimes, folks, I could almost cuss.
But, dern you, I love you, I guess it's my pride
That chokes me all up and hurts me inside.
I heard Jesse, Irvin, Cohan and Fred
And Amon and Eddie, what nice things they said.
I always called Claremore a big little town,
With guys like Mort Harrison and others around.

I see where Joe Crosson winged there for a day;
Remember him, Wiley? We slept all the way.
But I'll tell you the part which touched me the most,
And it ain't like me to speak up and boast.
It was when dear Mary pulled the curtain string
For my act in bronze -- what a homely thing!
But I guess it was sentiment that filled the place,
'Cause my kids kind of cried and I saw Betty's face.

God bless my old partner, she held up her head;
and though none of you heard me, she knew what I said.
And I spied Sister Sally with a shy little glance;
She's all the West means, charm and romance.
Old Jo had a job a-chisslin' my mug;
Why, I got more wrinkles than a Navajo rug.
So you're honorin' Oklahoma with a replica of me --
Move over Sequoyah, for another Cherokee.

Well, much obliged friends, for the money you spent,
And the words that were spoken by our President.
I wish you had erected a memorial to peace;
We'd be happy up here if war talk would cease.
But I ain't ungrateful, I just can't see
Such a hullabaloo 'bout a cowboy like me.
Well, so long folks, it's time to retire;
I got to keep a date with Odd McIntyre.

Source:
State Poem: Oklahoma official website
Will Rogers Home Page
Links:
OKLAHOMA STATE ICONS: OK.gov
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Oklahoma Symbols & Icons:

animal 1-2-3 
mammal - fish
bird 1 - 2
flower 1-2-3
butterfly
insect - reptile
amphibian
fossil -crystal
rock - soil
tree - grass

flag - seal - quarter
name - nickname
motto - poem
tartan - colors
folk dance
theater - cartoon
instrument 1 - 2
songs: 1-2-3-4-5-6
meal - beverage
vegetable - fruit
 

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