Here you will find the Poem Ida Chicken of poet Edgar Lee Masters
After I had attended lectures At our Chautauqua, and studied French For twenty years, committing the grammar Almost by heart, I thought I'd take a trip to Paris To give my culture a final polish. So I went to Peoria for a passport -- (Thomas Rhodes was on the train that morning.) And there the clerk of the district Court Made me swear to support and defend The constitution -- yes, even me -- Who couldn't defend or support it at all! And what do you think? That very morning The Federal Judge, in the very next room To the room where I took the oath, Decided the constitution Exempted Rhodes from paying taxes For the water works of Spoon River!