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Poetry Friday: The Little Rebel by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

June 5th, 2009 (12:24 am)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Last Innocent Year by Jonatha Brooke

Princess of pretty pets,
Tomboy in trouserettes,
Eyes are like violets,
Gleefully glancing!
Skin like an otter sleek,
Nose like a baby Greek,
Sweet little dimple-cheek,
Merrily dancing!

Lark-like, her song it trills
Over the dale and hills.
Hark, how her laughter thrills!
Joyously joking:
Yet, should she feel inclin'd,
I fancy you will find,
She, like all womankind,
Oft is provoking.

Often she stands on chairs,
Sometimes she unawares
Slyly creeps up the stairs,
Secretly hiding:
Then will this merry maid -
She is of nought afraid -
Come down the balustrade,
Saucily sliding!

Books she abominates,
But see her go on skates,
And over five-barr'd gates
Fearlessly scramble!
Climbing up apple-trees,
Barking her supple knees,
Flouting mamma's decrees,
Out for a ramble.

Now she is good as gold,
Then she is pert and bold,
Minds not what she is told,
Carelessly tripping.
She is an April miss,
Bounding to grief from bliss;
Often she has a kiss, -
Sometimes a whipping!

Naughty but best of girls,
Through life she gayly twirls,
Shaking her sunny curls,
Careless and joyful.
Ev'ry one on her dotes,
Carolling merry notes,
Pet in short petticoats,
Truly tomboyful!

- The Little Rebel by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

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Posted by: saralholmes (saralholmes)
Posted at: June 5th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)

If only she didn't "abominate books" she'd be perfect! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 5th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)

I KNOW! Thank you! I almost rejected this poem based on that line alone. Then I thought, "I'll allow it, for Alice." My fingers hovered over the keys, hesitating to cut and paste. Finally, my yearning for petticoats won out, and I posted it.

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