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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
A Poe-em of Passion
By Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859–1928)
 
IT was many and many a year ago,
  On an island near the sea,
That a maiden lived whom you mightn’t know
  By the name of Cannibalee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought        5
  Than a passionate fondness for me.
 
I was a child, and she was a child—
  Tho’ her tastes were adult Feejee—
But she loved with a love that was more than love,
  My yearning Cannibalee,        10
With a love that could take me roast or fried
  Or raw, as the case might be.
 
And that is the reason that long ago,
  In that island near the sea,
I had to turn the tables and eat        15
  My ardent Cannibalee—
Not really because I was fond of her,
  But to check her fondness for me.
 
But the stars never rise but I think of the size
  Of my hot-potted Cannibalee,        20
And the moon never stares but it brings me nightmares
  Of my spare-rib Cannibalee;
And all the night-tide she is restless inside,
Is my still indigestible dinner-belle bride,
In her pallid tomb, which is Me,        25
In her solemn sepulcher, Me.
 
 
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