The following was written by me 62 years ago. I’ve been going through old stuff prior to having a new carpet installed, and came across this. I had sent it to the editor of a children’s magazine and it was rejected with a concern for children’s castration fears!
One time there was a little lad
who cried because he was so sad.
Don’t you dare call him a sissy,
My little Mister and Missy!
Because you would cry, too, I’ll bet
If, looking very close, you met
Yourself waving, in the mirror,
A doggie’s tail, covered with fur!
That’s just why this dear little boy,
Looking at it, lost all his joy.
He knew people would laugh and shout
When his doggie tail waved about.
He cried, “Oh, Mommy! Cut it off!
I’ll have no doggie tail, by troth!”
His mother opened her eyes wide
And smiled when she his tail espied.
“Why, cut off your lovely dog tail?
Indeed, you make my old heart fail!
No other boy can e’re maintain
Such a nice royal, shaggy train!”
The boy stood straight and laughed aloud;
He stroked the tail and looked real proud.
Said he, “Yes! I can use it for
Climbing up our old Sycamore!”
And whenever someone laughed at him,
He smiled a small pitying grin–
As if to say “You poor, poor boy,
You have no dog tail to bring joy!”
And later on the tail dropped off–
(He sneezed and coughed a too-big cough)
And you know, I really believe
He was sorry the tail did leave!