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Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for Little WILLIE

As you can tell all month I've been blogging 19th century crimes. I thought I'd mix it up with something humorous but still with criminal intent--and only a smidgen over the 19th century border--early 1900s.

From Ruthless Rhymes.
Harry Graham made his debut in 1902 with his poetry collection  titled Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes, under the pen name of Col. D. Steamer. People loved it and it became the inspiration for many a little Willie poem. Here are two of them.

Little Willie, feeling well
Pushed his sister down the well.
Said his mother, drawing water;
It's mighty tough to raise a daughter!"

"There's been an accident!" they said,
"Your servant's cut in half; he's dead!"
"Indeed!" said Mr. Jones, "and please
Send me the half that's got my keys."


And now for mine. A Little Willie Poem by Cindy Amrhein

 Willie hated his next door neighbor.
Fed him to an alligator.
Skinned the gator with his knife.
Made a purse and shoes for his neighbor's wife.

Little Wille poems have been popular ever since. You can read a smattering of Little Wille style poems here.

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  1. loved those rhymes lol

  2. Lovely little Willie poems, I've given your blog a shout out from my letter W today http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

  3. Loved the rhymes. Sometimes we all should have a little homicidal maniac ditty.

    Great post for W. I linked to your participation in the #AtoZChallenge on my post for W; The Importance of a Website or Blog for Authors.

  4. I never read any of these before! And maybe it's because it's late and my brain is fried, lol, my best effort this night:

    Little Willie was such a wicked sort
    who kicked little puppies just for sport
    with hard soled boots, until they were dead
    till he tripped, fell down, and hit his head
    The dogs would like to have chewed on his bones
    But instead raised their legs on his headstone.


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