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A Courtin' Call
Edmund Vance Cooke


He dressed hisself from top ter toe
To beat the lates’ fash’n.
He give his boots a extry glow,
His dicky glistered like the snow,
He slicked his hair exactly so,
An’ all ter indicate "his pash’n."
He tried his hull [whole] three ties afore —
He kep’ the one on that he wore.
All afternoon she laid abed
To make her featturs brighter.
She tried on ev’ry geoun she hed,
She rasped her nails until she bled,
A dozen times she frizzed her head
An’ put on stuff to make her whiter,
An’ fussed till she’ d ‘a’ cried, she said,
But that ‘ld make her eyes so red.
They sot together in the dark
Wthout a light, excep’ their spark,
An’ neither could have told er guessed
What way the t’other un was dressed! 

Originally published in A Patch of Pansies (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1894)


Edmund Vance Cooke (1866 - 1932), often referred to as "the poet laureate of childhood," was born in 1866, in Ontario, Canada. He began working at the White Sewing Machine Co. factory as a teenager and stayed there for 14 years, until he became a self-employed poet and lecturer in 1893. His first book of poems, A Patch of Pansies, came out the next year,. Edmund is a fine and highly entertaining poet whom many critics consider underrated; he published sixteen collections of poetry during the course of his career, plus many children's books.


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This one is very good! So true.
Posted 08/15/2014 09:39 AM
This is really cute.
Posted 08/15/2014 08:56 AM
Posted 08/15/2014 12:13 AM
Oh yes, this is fun. I'd like to say we've moved forward since then but we still spend such time on our deportment, and, while I hate to admit it, I know people continue to see right through us. Still, there was a spark.
Posted 08/14/2014 11:36 PM
What fun!
Posted 08/14/2014 11:32 PM

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