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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


Reasonable Interest


I want to know how Bernard Shaw
Likes beefsteakfairly done, or raw?
I want to know what kinds of shoes
M. Maeterlinck and Howells use.

I have great curiosity
Regarding George Ades new boot tree.
Has Carolyn Wells of late employed
Hairpins of wire or celluliod?

What kind of soap does London like?
Does Robert Chambers ever hike?
Or did he ever? Or, if not,
Does he like cabbage, cheese, or what?

I want to know the size of gloves
Oppenheim wears, and if he loves
Olives, and how his clothes are made.
What does he eat? How is he paid?

All sorts of things I want to learn,
That are not of the least concern
To any one. For, Oh! and Oh!
I want to know! I WANT TO KNOW!

I want to know, and know I will
The printing press is never still,
For me it prints such facts as these!
I am the Public, if you please!



Ellis Parker Butler


Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Ballade of the Automobile
  3. Why I Went to the Foot
  4. The Final Tax
  5. The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry


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