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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
The Poster Girl
By Carolyn Wells (1862–1942)
 
From “Idle Idyls”

THE BLESSED Poster Girl leaned out
  From a pinky-purple heaven;
One eye was red and one was green;
  Her bang was cut uneven;
She had three fingers on her hand,        5
  And the hairs on her head were seven.
 
Her robe, ungirt from clasp to hem,
  No sunflowers did adorn;
But a heavy Turkish portière
  Was very neatly worn;        10
And the hat that lay along her back
  Was yellow like canned corn.
 
It was a kind of wobbly wave
  That she was standing on,
And high aloft she flung a scarf        15
  That must have weighed a ton;
And she was rather tall—at least
  She reached up to the sun.
 
She curved and writhed, and then she said,
  Less green of speech than blue:        20
“Perhaps I am absurd—perhaps
  I don’t appeal to you;
But my artistic worth depends
  Upon the point of view.”
 
I saw her smile, although her eyes        25
  Were only smudgy smears;
And then she swished her swirling arms,
  And wagged her gorgeous ears;
She sobbed a blue-and-green-checked sob,
  And wept some purple tears.        30
 
 
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