A sad song by Lilith Norman

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Tom was very bad at sums –

He used his fingers, toes and thumbs –

Tom said, “I couldn’t be much badder,

I think I’ll try to use and adder.”

He went into the shop and tried

But the adder bit him, and he died.

 
Source:  A second Australian Poetry Book compiled by Barbara Giles (Oxford University Press, 1983)

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