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Possum

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             POSSUM

Ef dey 's anyt'ing dat riles me
  An' jes' gits me out o' hitch,
Twell I want to tek my coat off,
  So 's to r'ar an' t'ar an' pitch,
Hit's to see some ign'ant white man
  'Mittin' dat owdacious sin—
Wen he want to cook a possum
  Tekin' off de possum's skin.

W'y dey ain't no use in talkin',
  Hit jes' hu'ts me to de hea't
Fu' to see dem foolish people
  Th'owin' 'way de fines' pa't.
W'y, dat skin is jes' ez tendah
  An' ez juicy ez kin be;
I knows all erbout de critter—
  Hide an' haih—don't talk to me!

Possum skin is jes lak shoat skin;
  Jes' you swinge an' scrope it down,
Tek a good sha'p knife an' sco' it,
  Den you bake it good an' brown.
Huh-uh! honey, you 's so happy
  Dat yo' thoughts is 'mos' a sin
When you 's settin' dah a-chawin'
  On dat possum's cracklin' skin.

White folks t'ink dey know 'bout eatin',
  An' I reckon dat dey do
Sometimes git a little idee
  Of a middlin' dish er two;
But dey ain't a t'ing dey knows of
  Dat I reckon cain't be beat
Wen we set down at de table
  To a unskun possum's meat!

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.