“If no one ever marries me”

By Laurence Alma-Tadema 1864–1940 Laurence Alma-Tadema
If no one ever marries me,—
And I don't see why they should,
For nurse says I'm not pretty,
And I'm seldom very good—

If no one ever marries me
I shan't mind very much;
I shall buy a squirrel in a cage,
And a little rabbit-hutch:

I shall have a cottage near a wood,
And a pony all my own,
And a little lamb quite clean and tame,
That I can take to town:

And when I'm getting really old,—
At twenty-eight or nine—
I shall buy a little orphan-girl
And bring her up as mine.

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Poet Laurence Alma-Tadema 1864–1940

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Living, Parenthood, Growing Old, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships, Love, Unrequited Love

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SUBJECT Living, Parenthood, Growing Old, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships, Love, Unrequited Love

POET’S REGION England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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