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Bob Lind, Published April 01 2014

Neighbors: Reader sends in a couple of memorable ditties

This column has heard from several people over the years about poetry they learned as students that stuck with them.

Dr. David Fihn, a retired dentist in Detroit Lakes, Minn., sends a couple of poems he still remembers from his school days in Braham, Minn.:

Little Willie, feeling swell, pushed his sister in the well.

Said their mother while drawing water, “It sure is hard to raise a daughter!”

And this one:

Blessings on the little girl, bare-backed girl with knee the same,

With her rolled-down silken hose and her short transparent clothes;

In my heart there is much joy, I was born a boy.

Along with those memorable ditties, Dave adds that when he was young, someone wrote, “Never speak sense when nonsense serves the purpose.”

Dave says that when he was editor of his high school annual, he wanted that quote alongside his senior picture, but his staff vetoed the idea.

What he got was, “He’d rather hug a football than anything.”

It should be noted that Dave later found something even better than a football to hug when he met Shirley, who became his wife of 56 years.


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