Injun Summah

Benjamin Franklin King 1857 (St. Joseph, Michigan) – 1894 (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

1     De Injun summah's comin',
2     De bees is all froo hummin',
3     De watah-mellon thumbin'
4         Has passed long time ago.
5     De ole clock in de kitchen
6     Is tickin' mos' bewitchin',
7     While Gabe is out unhitchin'
8         Just kase it looks like snow.

9     De lambs is runnin' over
10   De aftahmath ob clovah,
11   An' yondah comes de drovah;
12       I 'spec he' got a yahn
13   About de ole bell-weddah
14   Dat's wand'rin roun' de meddah
15   An' wants ter git togeddah
16       Wid de sheep up roun' de bahn.

17   Some days de sun is shinin',
18   Some days de win' is whinin',
19   An' den I'se after fin'in'
20       Big pippins on de groun';
21   De birds hab all stopped singin',
22   Wil' geese is soufward wingin',
23   Jes' look an' see 'em stringin'
24       Whar warmah weddah's foun'.

25   De yaller cat is nappin'
26   En layin' roun' an' gappin';
27   Bimeby he will be slappin'
28       Some tom-cat on de wall.
29   Dar's a mellah, yellah glory
30   Kase de yeah is ol' an' ho'ry,
31   An' a melancholy story
32       So't o' hangin' roun' us all.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,068
Words 199
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8

Benjamin Franklin King

Benjamin Franklin King Jr. was an American humorist and poet whose work published under the names Ben King or the pseudonym Bow Hackley achieved notability in his lifetime and afterwards. According to a short biography by Opie Read, as a child he was reputed a piano prodigy; in adult life he was by many deemed a failure for his lack of business instinct. But as "a poet, a gentle satirist and a humorist of the highest order, he achieved notability" in his short life for a series of newspaper published poems. more…

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