Madam and the Census Man
Language: English 
The census man,
The day he came round,
Wanted my name
To put it down.

I said, JOHNSON,
ALBERTA K.
But he hated to write
The K that way.

He said, What
Does K stand for?
I said, K --
And nothing more.

He said, I'm gonna put it
K - A - Y.
I said, If you do,
You lie.

My mother christened me
ALBERTA K.
You leave my name
Just that way!

He said, Mrs.,
(With a snort)
Just a K
Makes your name too short.

I said, I don't
Give a damn!
Leave me and my name
Just like I am!

Furthermore, rub out
That MRS., too --
I'll have you know
I'm Madam to you!

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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-07
Line count: 32
Word count: 117