Don Marquis (1878-1937)
1The things that I can't have I want
2 And what I have seems second-rate,
3The things I want to do I can't
4 And what I have to do I hate,
5 The things I want at once come late,
6I am not feeling gay nor gleg,
7 I'm really in an awful state,
8My life is like a scrambled egg.
9If I should order elephant
10 They'd put a camel on my plate,
11If I should seek a wealthy aunt
12 A poor old uncle'd be my fate,
13 If I should say, "You amputate
14My foot, and bring a wooden peg,"
15 They'd probably cut off my pate;
16My life is like a scrambled egg.
17The things I want most of are scant,
18 The girls I really love won't mate,
19The times when rage would make me rant
20 My larynx won't articulate;
21 Should I arrange some morn at eight
22To beat my brains out with my leg
23 I'd probably forget the date;
24My life is like a scrambled egg.
25The simplest matters won't come straight,
26 For once I wooed a maid named Meg
27And very nearly married Kate;
28 My life is like a scrambled egg.
6] gleg: sharp, smart.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Don Marquis, Noah an' Jonah an' Cap'n John Smith: A Book of Humorous Verse (New York: D. Appleton, 1921): 102-03. PS 3525 A797N6 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/5
Rhyme: ababcdcd ... abab
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