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A Christmas Poem: “Carlotta’s Indecision”

OK… before you start reading, let me explain!!  My husband loves books, poetry, and especially anything older than he is!  Maybe you’ve seen the pictures of his Tiny Library (that he built in our home) but if you haven’t you can find them in the Category: Tiny Library.  Because it’s Christmas time, he wanted to post this incredible picture and poem to go with it.  The book is Canzoni by T.A. Daly, first copyright in 1906!   and a beautiful grand etching, Jewelry Store Window (Carlotta’s Indecision) (M. 140), 1906, the artist is John Sloan (American, 1871-1951).

Thomas Augustine Daly (1871-1948) was born and raised in Philadelphia where, working as a grocery clerk as a teenager, he developed an ear for dialect.  A versatile writer who established himself as a respected journalist and poet, he was also a popular humorist, lecturer and entertained audiences across the US, Canada, and England.   

You must read it more than once to get the full effect of the dialect… but it is a cute poem, I admit!


Carlotta’s Indecision

I would lika mooch to know

Why Carlotta treat me so.

Evra time I ask eef she

Ees gon’ marry weetha me,

First she smila, den she frown,

Den she look me up an’ down,

Den she shak’ her head an’ say:

“I gon’ tal you Chrees’mas Day.”


Once w’en we are out for walk

An’ I am begin to talk,

She say:  “Don’ta speak no more.

O! com’, see dees jew’ler store.

My! jus’ look dat di’mon’ reeng!

Eet ees justa sweetes’ theeng!

Only seexa-feefty, see?


Dat’s da way she teasa me,

Findin’ theengs for talka ‘bout

Jus’ for mak’ me shut my mout’.

Bimeby w’en she turn for go

I say:  “Com’, I musta know—”

“O!” she stamp her foot an’ say:

“I gon’ tal you Chrees’mas Day.”


I would lika mooch to know

Why Carlotta treat me so.

W’ata for she always say:

I gon’ tal you Chrees’mas Day”?

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