Spoon River Anthology
Edgar Lee Masters
Isa Nutter << --- >> Petit the Poet
IF the excursion train to Peoria
Had just been wrecked, I might have escaped with my life --
Certainly I should have escaped this place.
But as it was burned as well, they mistook me
For John Allen who was sent to the Hebrew Cemetery
And John for me, so I lie here.
It was bad enough to run a clothing store in this town,
But to be buried here -- ach!
Source: Project Gutenberg