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My name is Tommy, and I hate that fellow of my sister Kate | 02-Apr-14

My name is Tommy, and I hate that fellow of my sister Kate.
He's bigger than I am, and so you see, he's always looking down on me.
And I resent it with a vim (??). Gee whiz, I'm just as good as him.
He's older and he's might fly.
But he's a kid; well, so am I.

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So Was I by Joseph Bert Smiley

My name is Tommy, an' I hates
That feller of my sister Kate's,
He's bigger'n I am an' you see
He's sorter lookin' down on me,
An' I resents it with a vim;
I think I am just as good as him.
He's older, an' he's mighty fly,
But's he's a kid, an' so am I.

One time he came,?down by the gate,
I guess it must have been awful late,?
An' Katie, she was there, an' they
Was feelin' very nice and gay,
An' he was talkin' all the while
About her sweet an' lovin' smile,
An' everythin' was as nice as pie,
An' they was there, an' so was I.

They didn't see me, 'cause I slid
Down underneath a bush, an' hid,
An' he was sayin' that his love
Was greater'n all the stars above
Up in the glorious heavens placed;
An' then His arms got 'round her waist,
An' clouds were floatin' in the sky,
And they was there, an' so was I.

I didn't hear just all they said,
But by an' by my sister's head
Was droopin' on his shoulder, an'
I seen him holdin' Katie's hand,
An' then he hugged her closer, some,
An' then I heerd a kiss?yum, yum;
An' Katie blushed an' drew a sigh,
An' sorter coughed,?an' so did I.

An' then that feller looked around
An' seed me there, down on the ground,
An'?was he mad? well, betcher boots
I gets right out of there an' scoots.
An' he just left my sister Kate
A-standin' right there by the gate;
An' I seen blood was in his eye,
An' he runned fast?an' so did I.

I runned the very best I could,
But he cotched up?I's 'fraid he would?
An' then he said he'd teach me how
To know my manners, he'd allow;
An' then he shaked me awful. Gee!
He jest?he frashed the ground with me.
An' then he stopped it by and by,
'Cause he was tired?an' so was I,

An' then he went back to the gate
An' couldn't find my sister Kate
'Cause she went in to bed, while he
Was runnin' 'round an' thumpin' me.
I got round in a shadder dim,
An' made a face, an' guffed at him;
An' then the moon larfed, in the sky,
'Cause he was there, an' so was I.'

Tina Rath

In the early 60's I used to read this poem to our 8th grade English classes. They loved it and asked for it almost every Friday when we spent the last twenty minutes of class reading poetry. Glad to find it again after 55 years.
Charles Thompson

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