African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Jessie Fauset, "The Story of George Washington" (1920)

He did it with his little hatchet,
And just because he didn't catch it,
We write the theme in prose and verse,
And year by year we it rehearse.
Says Young America forsooth,
With all the logic wise of youth,
"If I, like George, cut down a tree,
I shall be like George, Q.E.D.
"If I like George am,"—thought heaven-sent—
"Then I, too, shall be President."
And so, like George, he plies his hatchet;
The difference is—George didn't catch it!


Published in The Brownies Book, February 1920

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