Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BESSIE BOBTAIL, by JAMES STEPHENS

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First Line: As down the road she wambled slow
Last Line: And, surely god almighty knows!
Subject(s): God

As down the road she wambled slow,
She had not got a place to go:
She had not got a place to fall
And rest herself -- no place at all!
She stumped along, and wagged her pate;
And said a thing was desperate.

Her face was screwed and wrinkled tight
Just like a nut -- and, left and right,
On either side, she wagged her head
And said a thing; and what she said
Was desperate as any word
That ever yet a person heard.

I walked behind her for a while,
And watched the people nudge and smile:
But ever, as she went, she said,
As left and right she swung her head,
-- O God He knows: And, God He knows!
And, surely God Almighty knows!

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