Poetry of Kansas

The Baby Sister

A little baby sister came to Willie's house one day,
By the Stork Route, straight from heaven, Willie
    heard his Auntie say.
The little fellow did not know, nor could he under-
    stand
Why any one should want to leave that bright and
    happy land
And when he viewed the pinky face and little fuzzy
    head
He looked as sober as a judge and to the infant said:
 
"You surely didn't come down here a lookin' for a
    snap;
This world it aint no kind of place for such a weazly
    chap.
My Mamma she is sick abed and Papa seems so blue;
I don't see how we'll get along with such a mite as
    you.
 
"If you had been a brother I could take you out to
    play,
But you are just a little girl and only in the way.
You ought to stayed up yonder with the angels fair
    and bright;
Our preacher says that heaven beats this country out
    of sight.
And if you live down here on earth with women folks
    and men
You'll have to run the risk of ever gettin' back
    again."
 

Verdigris Valley Verse
Albert Stroud
(Coffeyville, Kansas: The Journal Press. 1917)
Pages 84-85

 
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