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Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960)

To the Returned Girls


              1Will you read my little pome,
              2O you girls returnéd home
              3From a summertime of sport
              4At the Jolliest Resort,
              5From a Heated Term of joys
              6Far from urban dust and noise?

              7You I speak to in this rhyme,
              8You have had a Glorious Time
              9Swimming, golfing, bridging, dancing,
            10Riding, tennising, romancing,
            11On the springboard, on the raft --
            12You've been often photographed.

            13At the place you have forsaken,
            14You have had some pictures taken,
            15Pictures taken of you dancing,
            16Riding, tennising, romancing,
            17Swimming, golfing, and reclining;
            18Snacking, luncheoning, and dining.

            19Cometh now my brief advice;
            20Ladies, be ye ne'er so nice,
            21Be ye ne'er so fascinating,
            22Luring, drawing, captivating,
            23If with interest you'd imbue us,
            24Do not show those pictures to us!

            25Snapshots of the links and lawn
            26Cause in many of us a yawn;
            27(As for me myself, why, I'm
            28Glad to see 'em any time)
            29But -- I give it to you square --
            30Lots of people do not care.


Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Franklin P. Adams, Weights and Measures (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1917): 116-17. LE 2121w Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/14*1:2004/9/29

Rhyme: aabbcc


Other poems by Franklin Pierce Adams