Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Confirmation - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

He was a poet who wrote clever verses,
And folks said he had a fine poetical taste;
But his father, a practical farmer, accused him
Of letting the strength of his arm go to waste.

He called on his sweetheart each Saturday evening,
As pretty a maiden as ever man faced,
And there he confirmed the old man's accusation
By letting the strength of his arm go to waist.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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