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John Milton Hayes

(1884-1940 / Lancashire, England)

Poems of John Milton Hayes

1. Merchandise 1/1/2004
2. My old football 1/1/2004
3. Orange peel 1/1/2004
4. The Dream Ring of the Desert 1/1/2004
5. The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God 1/3/2003
6. The Whitest Man I Know 1/1/2004
7. You know what I mean 1/1/2004

The Whitest Man I Know

HE’S acruisin’ in a pearler with a dirty nigger crew,
Abuyin’ pearls and copra for a stingy Spanish Jew,
And his face is tann’d like leather ’neath a blazin’ tropic Sun,
And he’s workin’ out a penance for the things he hasn’t done.
Round the Solomons he runs, tradin’ beads and castoff guns,
Buyin’ pearls from grinnin’ niggers, loadin copra by the ton;
And he’ll bargain and he’ll smile, but he’s thinkin’ all the while
Of the penance that he’s workin’ out for sins he hasn’t done.

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