by Aileen Fisher

Aileen Fisher

Father said that maybe
it was too much candy.

Mother said more likely
it was gooseberry jam.

Father said that maybe
with the sweet things handy

I forgot my gravy
and vegetables and ham.

Mother said that prob’ly
I had been too gob’ly.

Father nodded “probably”
and so did Gram.

But I said “Certainly,
it COULDN’T have been candy.
It must have been the gravy
and vegetables
and ham.”

Last updated February 17, 2023