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PUMPKIN RIND DOLLS, by                    
First Line: Make me a doll from a pumpkin rind
Last Line: The dolls you made from a pumpkin rind.
Subject(s): Dolls; Girls; Pumpkins; Toys


Make me a doll from a pumpkin rind.
Mother, isn't it queer
That of all the burdens you bore for me,
All the battles you fought for me,
Tenderest things that you did for me,
One little thing is the dearest of all:
The rind you so deftly carved into a doll?

Make me a doll from a pumpkin rind.
Mother, you know the way,
Broad-brimmed hat on the big papa doll,
Notch all the frills on the little girl doll,
Put overalls on the little boy doll.
You haven't forgotten, have you, mother o' mine,
How you used to make dolls from the pumpkin rind?

Make me a doll from a pumpkin rind.
Mother, don't think I forget
The big things you did in life, my dear;
They are so precious to me, my dear.
But the little things that you did, my dear,
Those trivial things, won't blur with time:
The dolls you made from a pumpkin rind.





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