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Billie’s Ambition

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 17, 2014

Billie’s Ambition

By Grace Ingles Frost

My mother says if I won’t say darn,
When things go wrong with me,
But whistle or sing when my tasks seem hard,
And always truthful be;
And if I am honest in all I do,
Whether at work or play,
When I grow as big as my daddy is,
Why, then, perhaps some day,
When the state shall need a governor,
Who knows but it may be,
If I strive and strive and never shirk,
The people may choose me.

Since I’ve thought about what mother said,
I’m trying to be good:
I feed the chickens and sweep the paths
And carry in the word,
And when my mother has lots of work,
I often scrub the floor,
And when she’s busy and I am sent
On errands to the store,
To every one I chance to meet,
I try to be polite,
Like daddy – taking off my hat
The way he thinks just right.
For if I might be the Governor,
I tell you, I am bent
On surprising all the folks at home,
By being President.

(1918)



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