Poetry of Kansas

On Sea and Land

A little man went out to sea,
      To sea he went a-going;
He found the wavelets pretty wet,
      With moisture overflowing.
The little man put back to land,
      To land he went a-putting;
For there 'twas not so damp, and there
      He had a better footing.
Quite joyously he skipped on shore,
      On shore he leaped a-skipping,
And said he nevermore would go
      A-boating or a-shipping.
So now he hikes him on the land,
      On land he trips a-hiking,
Because the wavelets wet his feet,___
      Which wasn't to his liking.

___John Edward Everett

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
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