‘ACH, I DUNNO!' - Adelaide Crapsey Poems


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I’m simply surrounded by lovers,
    Since Da made his fortune in land;
They’re comin’ in crowds like the plovers
    To ax for me hand.
There’s clerks and policemen and teachers,
    Some sandy, some black as a crow;
Ma says ye get used to the creatures,
    But, ach, I dunno!

The convent is in a commotion
    To think of me taking a spouse,
And they wonder I hadn’t the notion
    Of taking the vows.
‘Tis a beautiful life and a quiet,
    And keeps ye from going below,
As a girl I thought I might try it,
    But, ach, I dunno!

I’ve none but meself to look after,
    An’ marriage it fills me with fears,
I think I’d have less of the laughter
    And more of the tears.
I’ll not be a slave like me mother,
    With six of us all in a row,
Even one little baby’s a bother,
    But, ach, I dunno!

There’s a lad that has taken me fancy,
    I know he’s a bit of a limb,
And though marriage is terrible chancy,
    I’d -- chance it with him.
He’s coming to-night -- oh -- I tingle,
    From the top of me head to me toe,
I’ll tell him I’d rather live single,
    But, ach, I dunno!