Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 29, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Never Talk Back

by James Whitcomb Riley (1849 – 1916).

Never Talk Back

Never talk back! sich things is repperhensible;
A feller only hurts hisse’f that jaws a man that’s hot;
In a quarrel, ef you’ll only keep your mouth shet and act sensible,
The man that does the talkin’ ‘ll git worsted every shot!

Never talk back to a feller that’s abusin’ you —                                                5
Jest let him carry on, and rip, and snort, and swear;
And when he finds his blamin’ and defamin”s jest amusin’ you,
You’ve got him clean kaftummixed, —and you want to hold him there!

Never talk back, and wake up the whole community
And call a man a liar, over Law, er Politics.—                                                  10
You can lift and land him furder and with gracefuller impunity
With one good jolt of silence than half a dozen kicks!

Notes:
http://www.jameswhitcombriley.com/
http://www.indianahistory.org/pop_hist/people/riley.html

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