Our literary products? Fie:
What ignorance does this imply!
Pray, will you tell us whose berries
Are bigger than our gooseberries?
Who grows the maize so thick and high?
And where in all the world around
Can such enormous spuds be found?
And answer if Atlantic has
Sea-serpents as gigantic as
The ones that hereabout abound?
Our melons that a half-ton weigh,
Our wondrous pig that fills a dray,
Our locusts -- the infernalists --
The bright, tri-weekly journalist
Produces these things day by day.
Our literary products they!
First published in The Bulletin, 25 August 1910