Miscellaneous Poems

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 172
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: death, injustice, jealousy, love, society
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Duck come switchin’ ‘cross de lot

Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Hurry up an’ hide de pot
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Duck’s a mighty ‘spicious fowl,
Slick as snake an’ wise as owl;
Hol’ dat dog, don’t let him yowl!
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Th’ow dat co’n out kind o’ slow

Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Keep yo’se’f behin’ de do’
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Lots o’ food’ll kill his feah,
Co’n is cheap but fowls is deah—
“Come, good ducky, come on heah.”
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Ain’t he fat and ain’t he fine,

Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
Des can’t wait to make him mine.
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!
See him waddle when he walk,
‘Sh! keep still and don’t you talk!
Got you! Don’t you daih to squawk!
Hi, oh, Miss Lady!