Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DICK, A MAGGOT, by JONATHAN SWIFT

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First Line: As when rooting in a bin
Last Line: Like a fresh turd just dropped on snow.
Subject(s): Hate

As when rooting in a bin,
All powdered o'er from tail to chin,
A lively maggot sallies out,
You know him by his hazel snout:
So, when the grandson of his grandsire,
Forth issues wriggling Dick Drawcensir
With powdered rump and back and side,
You cannot blanch his tawny hide;
For 'tis beyond the pow'r of meal
The gipsy visage to conceal:
For, as he shakes his wainscot chops,
Down ev'ry mealy atom drops
And leaves the Tartar phiz, in show
Like a fresh turd just dropped on snow.

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