July 04, 2005

'Satiable Curtiosity

I keep six serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as for breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men:
But different folks have different views;
I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And Seven Million Whys!

I have been reading nightly to K from a collection of classic stories by the author of this poem. Without googling, can anyone tell me who penned this?

Posted by Rae at July 4, 2005 11:38 PM

Ooo, ooo, I know I know, but if I say it, so will everyone else.

Posted by: Altar Girl at July 5, 2005 10:23 AM

Hmmm, any suggestions AG on how to make it easier for readers to guess?

Posted by: Rae at July 5, 2005 11:40 AM

No takers on this one?

Posted by: R at July 7, 2005 11:03 PM

Ok, I admit I cheated a little...I couldn't get the words out of my head so I scoured my childhood books until I remembered why it was so familiar. I was Just So captured by those stories when I was younger. ;-)

Posted by: Jenn at July 12, 2005 02:50 PM

Oooooh, Jenn :D Girl, you are good.

Posted by: Rae at July 12, 2005 04:19 PM


Starts with a K, ends in ing.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 6, 2005 10:06 AM
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