When the World Bu'sts Through

Casually Suggested by an Earthquake

WHERE'S a boy a-goin',
An' what's he goin' to do,
An' how's he goin' to do it,
When the world bu'sts through?
Ma she says " she can't tell
What we're comin' to! "
An' Pop says " he's ist skeered
Clean — plum — through! "

S'pose we'd be a-playin'
Out in the street,
An' the ground 'ud split up
'Bout forty feet! —
Ma says " she ist knows
We 'ud tumble in " ;
An' Pop says " he bets you
Nen we wouldn't grin! "

S'pose we'd ist be 'tendin'
Like we had a show,
Down in the stable
Where we mustn't go, —
Ma says, " The earthquake
Might make it fall " ;
An' Pop says, " More'n like
Swaller barn an' all! "

Landy! ef we both wuz
Runnin' 'way from school,
Out in the shady woods
Where it's all so cool! —
Ma says " a big tree
Might sqush our head " ;
An' Pop says, " Chop 'em out
Both — killed — dead! "

But where's a boy goin',
An' what's he goin' to do,
An' how's he goin' to do it,
Ef the world bu'sts through?
Ma she says " she can't tell
What we're comin' to! "
An' Pop says " he's ist skeered
Clean — plum — through! "
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