Author of Denslow's Scarecrow and Tinman, original illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Father Goose: His Book, Dot and Tot of Merryland, etc.
Originally published in Boston Post, May 11, 1902.
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THE FORGETFUL POET
The Forgetful Poet and His Puzzles
There were surely enough mistakes in the old fellow’s verses last week to keep all of us busy. First he said bearlarpo instead of polar bear, left out to; used lions where he should have used monkeys and monkeys where he should have put lions; left out appetite and hay and wish, had tigers spotted instead of striped and leopards striped instead of spotted and left out do and it.
Today he has written a simple little Easter poem he says that a mere child can understand.
The Easter Rabbit has long -----
And fur as white as -----.
He brings good children Easter eggs,
And other things, you know.
I wish he’d bring a few to me,
Although I’m just a poet,
Grown up at that. I’ll bet a hat
No one would ever -----.
[Answers next time.]
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