A five-part (ten-verse) series dedicated to Keepa’ninny Mark B.
By Olive W. Burt
Most careful people grown with pain
When in their mail, time and again,
Phrases like these each day appear:
“It don’t,” “He don’t,” “She don’t” – Oh dear!
By many “doesn’t” is preferred,
For here it is the proper word.
Teachers are moved almost to tears
When in a little note appears:
“Please lend a book to John and I.”
Why did Snooks say that? Why, oh why?
If they would only leave John out,
They’d say “to me” without a doubt.
(The Instructor, 1938)