Ellis Parker Butler ( )


To G. M. W. and G. F. W.


I

Whenas(I love that whenas word
  It shows I am a poet, too,)
Q. Horace Flaccus gaily stirred
  The welkin with his tra-la-loo,
He little thought one donkeys back
  Would carry thus a double load
Father and son upon one jack,
  Galumphing down the Tibur Road.

II

Old is the taleAesops, I think
  Of that famed miller and his son
Whose fortunes were so on the blink
  They had one donk, and only one;
You know the talethe critics squawk
  (As pater that poor ass bestrode)
Selfish! To make thy fine son walk!
  Perhaps that was on Tibur Road?

III

You will recall how dad got down
  And made the son the ass bestride:
The critics shouted with a frown:
  Shame, boy! pray let thy father ride!
Up got the dad beside the son;
  The donkey staggered with the load
Poor donk! For shame! cried every one
  That walked the (was it?) Tibur Road.

IV

You know the end! Upon their backs
  Daddy and son with much ado
Boosted that most surprised of jacks,
  He kicked, and off the bridge he flew;
He! haw! A splash! A gurgling sound
  A long, last watery abode
In Anios stream the donk was drowned
  (If this occurred on Tibur Road.)

V

Let Donkey represent the Odes;
  The Miller represent G. M.;
The Son stand for G. F.; the loads
  Of CriticsI will do for them.
Now, then, this proposition made,
  (And my bum verses Ahd and Ohd!).
What Q. E. D. can be displayed
  Anent this On the Tibur Road?

VI

First, Horrys dead and he dont care,
  So cancel him, and let him snore;
His Donkey has been raised in air
  So oft hes tough and calloused oer;
Our Millerdusty-headed man
  Follows the best donk-boosting code:
Our Sondispute it no one can
  Sings gaily down the Tibur Road.

VII

This, then, must be this Critics scream:
  The donk was boosted well and high,
And, ergo! falling in the stream,
  Isnt and aint and cant be dry;
Nor is your book. Which is to say
  It is no gloomy episode
Youve made a dead donk sweetly bray,
  And joyful is the Tibur Road.



Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. The Ballade of the Automobile
  2. Why Washington Retreated
  3. When Ida Puts Her Armor On
  4. Womanly Qualms
  5. The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay


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