From The Topeka State Journal, March 2, 1914. By Roy K. Moulton.
Old Ez Binks has always been
Sort of saller like and ailin’;
Folks cannot remember when
Ezra’s system was not failin’.
Folks say he enjoys poor health,
And ain’t happy less he’s sickly;
When a new disease comes out,
Ez grabs onto it right quickly.
He’s had every known disorder
That the doctors have invented,
And he’s nearly crossed the border
Five times, but was just prevented.
When Ez Binks was twenty-one
Typhoid fever nearly took him;
He got over that and then
Chills and fever grabbed and shook him.
Chicken pox and scarlet fever
Came, and then appendicitis,
Measles, mumps, lumbago, grip,
Rheumatism and tonsilitis.
Ezra now is ninety-four,
At his fate he still is railin’;
He has not improved a bit
And his health is still failin’,
But he will keep right on livin’,
Chronic sick folks have that way;
And it looks as though they’d have to
Shoot old Ez on judgment day.