Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

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Penniwit, The Artist

I LOST MY patronage in Spoon River
From trying to put my mind in the camera
To catch the soul of the person.
The very best picture I ever took
Was of Judge Somers, attorney at law.
He sat upright and had me pause
Till he got his cross-eye straight.
Then when he was ready he said “all right.”
And I yell, “overruled” and his eye turned up.
And I caught him just as he used to look
When saying “l except.”