Sunday, July 1, 2012


By Ruth Plumly Thompson
Author of The Royal Book of Oz, Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz, The Wish Express, "King, King! Double King!" etc.

Originally published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, August 10, 1919.

Yes - it was lost, as lost could be!
  The Prince sat on his throne
With down-cast eyes and hollow sighs
  And many a mournful groan.
"Lost by the Prince of Pumperdink -
  One hearty appetite!"
The crier of the kingdom called
  The news both left and right.
The wise men and the kitchen boys
  The King and Queen and Lords
Seek out that missing appetite
  With telescope and swords;
Some hunt with custards - some with cake;
  Some with the humble prune;
Some try hot rolls in golden bowls;
  Some seek it with a spoon!
But one wee lass took apples three
  And wrought a magic pie -
And while the rest roamed far, she
  Straightway to the Prince doth hie.
He took one sniff - his appetite
  Returned,dears - with a bound!
And Princess of All Apple Pies
  The little lass was crowned.
He found his appetite - oh, yes -
  But pshaw - he lost his heart
And so he wed the little lass
  Who wrought the apple tart.
It makes me laugh to even think
  About the Prince of Pumperdink!

THE FORGETFUL POET The Forgetful Poet 
By Ruth Plumly Thompson 
Originally published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, October 12, 1919.

Can you read this little sentence? I 4 c a 4 a.

The answers to last week's puzzles:

Moth is the fairy's miller.

[Answer next time.]

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