An Arkansas Pig Tale
When Sadie Lee and Thomas moved to Creek,
they brought along three pigs, a mule and dog.
The dog, a Lab, Old Bounder was his name,
was big and shy and clung to Tom like lint.
The mule was called Moe Henry; he was strong;
he plowed the fields and garden every spring.
The pigs were Razor, Stringy Hair and Beaut.
When Razor’s snout up-rooted Tom’s green plants,
then Thomas said to Sadie, “That’s enough!
He has to go to forage on his own.”
And so he put old Razor out to range,
but Sadie cried because he was her pet.
Cold winters came and Sadie worried so
for Razor. Tom then had to butcher Beaut
that first cold winter. Sadie cried again.
She cried once more because Hair had to go;
she turned against pork chops and bacon, too.
“Oh, Tom, why did you send my pig away?”
cried Sadie. Tom replied, “To save my crops!
Now Sadie, I DON’T WANT that Razor back!”
c Copyright, 1996, Freeda Baker Nichols
Published in Encore, NFSPS, 1996