Poems that pursue the horizon from past to present and poems created for NaPoWriMo 2017
|I studied my tables over and over, and backward and
But I couldn't remember six times nine and I didn't know
what to do,
Till sister told me not to plat with my doll, and not to bother
"If you call her 'Fifty-four' for a while, you'll learn it by
heart," she said.
So I took my favorite, Mary Ann (though I though 'twas
a dreadful shame
To give a perfectly lovely child such a perfectly horrid
And I called her my dear little "Fifty-four" a hundred
times till I knew
The answer of six times nine as well as the answer of two
Next day Elizabeth Wigglesworth, who always acts so
Said "Six times nine is fifty-two" and I nearly laughed
But I wished I hadn't when the teacher said, "Now, Dorothy,
tell if you can."
For I thought of my doll and - sakes alive!- I answered,
Anna Marie Pratt [18-?]
From: The Home Book of Verse by Burton Egbert Stevenson, 1917, pg. 166
Day 8 - "A Mortifying Mistake" reminds me of both my brother and I trying to learn our multiplication tables, reciting them over and over. I love the approach from the child's perspective by the poetess and especially like the unexpected twist at the end. I think this is such a fun and creative poem! I could not find much about the author but this site suggests she was a teacher: http://www.lehigh.edu/~dek7/SSAWW/writ19CenPrat.htm.