The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939


An Accommodating Lion.

AN Athlete, one vacation,
Met a Lion in privation
On a desert where the lion-food was rare.
The Lion was delighted
That the athlete he had sighted,
But the Athlete wished that he had been elsewhere.
The Athlete dared not fight him,
And he recalled an item
That was published in some journal he had read,

Of a lion that retreated
Disheartened and defeated,
When an unarmed hunter stood upon his head.
On this hint from point extracted
The Athlete promptly acted,
And brandished both his shoe-heels high in air.
Upon his feat amazing
The Lion sat a-gazing,
And studied the phenomenon with care.
Said the Lion: "This position
Is quite against tradition,
But I'll gladly eat you any way you choose;
Inverted perpendicular
Will do— I'm not particular!"
He finished him, beginning with his shoes.

Tudor Jenks.