I've puzzled at the length of a jiffy,
The term always seems like a fable
Or the absence of anything miffy.
II.It seemed like a midget of time,
When a boy, to get ready for class;
Yet unbearably all out of rhyme
As the clock toward the dinner hours pass.
III.Time needed to jerk out a fish,
When hour after hour did I wait,
Sit on that bank there and wish,.
Till in that jiffy I'd used all my bait.
IV.The doctor will make you gloriously well
In a jiffy, he'll tell you on sight;
You don't believe that blamed doctor can tell,
But you pay for his jiffy all right.
V.The time now required to get justice,
Gives the lawyer a chance and a fee,
But your own bank account's marked "bustus,"
When the case is decided, you'll see.
VI.I'm a man now and have built up a rep,
Been a congressional nominee,
'Ve found how long it takes to get beat one step,
It takes just a political jiffy.
__C. P. Slane.
Flashlights and Territorial Reminiscences
C. P. Slane
(Cincinnati: The Editor Publishing Co. 1900)