John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

A Cattle Plague - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

'What ails you?' tenderly I spoke
To a dejected calf.
He answered, 'At a killing joke
I'm dying, sir, to laugh.
They little know, who lightly jest,
The agony of fun suppressed.'

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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