I'd Rather Have Habits Than Clothes

Gelett Burgess 1866 (Boston) – 1951



I'd Rather Have Habits Than Clothes,
For that's where my intellect shows.
And as for my hair,
Do you think I should care
To comb it at night with my toes?

I'd rather have ears than a nose,
I'd rather have fingers than toes,
But as for my hair:
I'm glad it's all there;
I'll be awfully sad when it goes.

I wish that my Room had a Floor;
I don't so much care for a Door,
But this walking around
Without touching the ground
Is getting to be quite a bore!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 14, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XABBA AABBA CCDDC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 445
Words 94
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5

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