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Freckle-Faced Boy
George W. Doneghy


I'm just in my glory when the cat I can tease,
Or I'm hunting for bird nests up in the trees,
And I wear out my pants in the seat and the knees;
I'm the pride of my daddy, my mammy's own joy--
A frolicsome, rollicksome, freckle-faced boy!

I can make a top hum, and at marbles, you bet,
I'm the cock of the walk and the king of the "set;"
I'm hearty and healthy--and don't you forget
The dead loads of "goodies" that I can destroy--
I'm a frolicsome, rollicksome, freckle-faced boy!

They send me to school with my satchel and books,
And my pockets bulged out with nails and fish-hooks;
And sometimes while there my teacher she looks
And captures the things that provoke and annoy
From a frolicsome, rollicksome, freckle-faced boy!

My mammy she says that it's quite evident
Of the country some day I'll be President;
But auntie, she says from the way I am bent
The gold of her dream will be full of alloy
From a frolicsome, rollicksome, freckle-faced boy!

I'm huntin' for fun, and I don't have a care,
And there's dirt on my hands, and I don't comb my hair,
And off-colored patches quite often I wear;
But there's no kind of sport the young heart can cloy
Of a frolicsome, rollicksome, freckle-faced boy!

This poem is in the public domain.



George W. Doneghy (1848 - 1917) was a Kentucky poet whose work was widely published in newspapers and magazines during his lifetime. He was the author of at least one book, The Old Hanging Fork and Other Verses (1897). In 1901, George was working as associate editor at the Tri-Weekly Kentucky Advocate in Danville.

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From a simpler time for sure.
Posted 11/05/2018 11:07 AM
Yes, a happy poem, truly felt and if it did not rhyme in those early days, it was just not a poem.
Posted 11/05/2018 09:49 AM
Reading this poem aloud, I enjoyed the rhythms and the rhymes.
Posted 11/05/2018 08:31 AM
Reminds me of the style of the "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley.
Posted 11/05/2018 07:22 AM
Larry Schug:
Perfecto! Thanks for this poem, Jayne.
Posted 11/05/2018 07:18 AM

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