Possession (Dunbar)

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Possession
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.


        POSSESSION

Whose little lady is you, chile,
  Whose little gal is you?
What's de use o' kiver'n up yo' face?
  Chile, dat ain't de way to do.
Lemme see yo' little eyes,
  Tek yo' little han's down nice,
Lawd, you wuff a million bills,
  Huh uh, chile, dat ain't yo' price.

Honey, de money ain't been made
  Dat dey could pay fu' you;
'T ain't no use a-biddin'; you too high
  Fu' de riches' Jap er Jew.
Lemme see you smilin' now,
  How dem teef o' yo'n do shine,
An' de t'ing dat meks me laff
  Is dat all o' you is mine.

How 's I gwine to tell you how I feel,
  How's I gwine to weigh yo' wuff?
Oh, you sholy is de sweetes' t'ing
  Walkin' on dis blessed earf.
Possum is de sweetes' meat,
  Cidah is the nices' drink,
But my little lady-bird
  Is de bes' of all, I t'ink.

Talk erbout 'uligion he'pin' folks
  All thoo de way o' life,
Gin de res' 'uligion, des' gin me
  You, my little lady-wife.
Den de days kin come all ha'd,
  Den de nights kin come all black,
Des' you tek me by de han',
  An' I'll stumble on de track.

Stumble on de way to Gawd, my chile,
  Stumble on, an' mebbe fall;
But I'll keep a-trottin', while you lead on,
  Pickin' an' a-trottin', dat's all.
Hol' me mighty tight, dough, chile,
  Fu' hit's rough an' rocky lan',
Heaben 's at de en', I know,
  So I's leanin' on yo' han'.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.