Nothing To Laugh At By Edgar Albert Guest

Nothing To Laugh At

‘Taint nothin’ to laugh at as I can see!
If you’d been stung by a bumble bee,
An’ your nose wuz swelled an’ it smarted, too,
You wouldn’t want people to laugh at you.
If you had a lump that wuz full of fire,
Like you’d been touched by a red hot wire,
An’ your nose spread out like a load of hay,
You wouldn’t want strangers who come your way
To ask you to let ’em see the place
An’ laugh at you right before your face.

What’s funny about it, I’d like to know?
It isn’t a joke to be hurted so!
An’ how wuz I ever on earth to tell
‘At the pretty flower which I stooped to smell
In our backyard wuz the very one
Which a bee wuz busily working on?
An’ jus’ as I got my nose down there,
He lifted his foot an’ kicked for fair,
An’ he planted his stinger right into me,
But it’s nothin’ to laugh at as I can see.

I let out a yell an’ my Maw came out
To see what the trouble wuz all about.
She says from my shriek she wuz sure ‘at I
Had been struck by a motor car passin’ by;
But when she found what the matter wuz
She laughed just like ever’body does
An’ she made me stand while she poked about
To pull his turrible stinger out.
An’ my Pa laughed, too, when he looked at me,
But it’s nothin’ to laugh at, as I can see.

My Maw put witch hazel on the spot
To take down the swellin’ but it has not.
It seems to git bigger as time goes by
An’ I can’t see good out o’ this one eye;
An’ it hurts clean down to my very toes
Whenever I’ve got to blow my nose.
An’ all I can say is when this gits well
There ain’t any flowers I’ll stoop to smell.
I’m through disturbin’ a bumble bee,
But it’s nothin’ to laugh at, as I can see.

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