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To A Bully

Eugene Field 1850 (St. Louis) – 1895 (Chicago)



You, blatant coward that you are,
Upon the helpless vent your spite.
Suppose you ply your trade on me;
Come, monkey with this bard, and see
How I'll repay your bark with bite!

Ay, snarl just once at me, you brute!
And I shall hound you far and wide,
As fiercely as through drifted snow
The shepherd dog pursues what foe
Skulks on the Spartan mountain-side.

The chip is on my shoulder--see?
But touch it and I'll raise your fur;
I'm full of business, so beware!
For, though I'm loaded up for bear,
I'm quite as like to kill a cur!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme XABBA XCDDC BEFFE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 523
Words 103
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5

Eugene Field

Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. more…

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