Brooks, Walter R.

United States, (1886-1958)

Ode to the Pig: His Tail

  1. My tail is not impressive
  2. But it’s elegant and neat.
  3. In length it’s not excessive —
  4. I can’t curl it round my feet —
  5. But it’s awfully expressive,
  6. And its weight is not excessive,
  7. And I don’t think it’s conceit,
  8. Or foolishly possessive
  9. If I state with some agressive-
  10. ness that it’s the final master touch
  11. That makes a pig complete.

© estate of Walter R. Brooks
The Collected Poems of Freddy the Pig. New York, Knopf, 1953.

About the Poet

Walter R. Brooks (1886-1958), US editor, reviewer and publicist. From 1932 to 1940 he wrote “Talk of the Town” pieces for the The New Yorker, also worked as a Contributing Editor to Fiction Parade magazine and Scribner’s Commentator. He also created the Freddie the Pig series of children’s books. [DES-6/03]

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