Mrs. Johnson Objects

Original Text: 
Thompson, Clara Ann. "Mrs. Johnson Objects." Black Sister: Poetry by Black Amrican Women, 1746-1980. Ed. Erlene Stetson. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1981. PS591 .N4 B43 Robarts Library
1Come right in this house, Will Johnson!
2      Kin I teach you dignity?
3Chasin' aft' them po' white children,
4      Jest because you wan' to play.
5Whut does po' white trash keer fah you?
6      Want you keep away fum them,
7Next, they'll be-a-doin' meanness,
8      An' a-givin' you the blame.
9Don't come mumblin' 'bout their playthings,
10      Yourn is good enough fah you;
11'Twus the best that I could git you,
12      An' you've got to make them do.
13Go'n' to break you fum that habit,
14      Yes, I am! An' mighty soon,
15Next, you'll grow up like the white-folks,
16      All time whinin' fah the moon.
17Runnin' with them po' white children--
18      Go'n' to break it up, I say!--
19Pickin' up their triflinn' habits,
20      Soon, you'll be as spilte as they.
21Come on here, an' take the baby--
22      Mind now! Don't you let her fall--
23'Fo' I'll have you runnin' with them,
24      I won't let you play at all.
25Jest set there, an' mind the baby
26      Till I tell you --You may go;
27An' jest let me ketch you chasin'
28      Aft' them white trash any mo'.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Songs from the Wayside, 1908
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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