Franklin Pierce Adams

(15 November 1881 – 23 March 1960 / Chicago, Illinois)

Vain Words - Poem by Franklin Pierce Adams

Humble, surely, mine ambition;
It is merely to construct
Some occasion or condition
When I may say "usufruct."

Ernest am I and assiduous;
Yet I'm certain that I shan't amount
To a lot till I use "viduous,"
"Indiscerptible," and "tantamount."


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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