Cap'n Noah, Cap'n John, I heerd when ye hollered;
What I asks is this: Has one of ye been swallered?
It's mighty purty fishin' with little hooks an reels.
It's mighty easy fishin' with little rods an' creels.
It's mighty pleasant ketchin' mudcats fer yer dinners.
But this here is my challenge fer saints an' fer sinners--,
Which one of ye has v'yaged in a varmint's inners?
When I see a big fish, tough as Methooslum,
I used for to dive into his oozly-goozlum!
When I seen the strong fish, wallopin' like a lummicks,
I useter foller 'em, dive into their stummicks!
I could v'yage an' a'steer 'em, I could understand 'em,
I useter navigate 'em, I useter a'land 'em.
Don't you pester me with any more narration-
Go get famous! Git a reputation!"
Cap'n John he grinned his hat brim beneath,
Clicked his tongue of silver on his golden teeth;
Noah an' Jonah an' Cap'n John Smith,
Strummin' golden harps, narreratin' myth!
Settin' by the shallows forever an' forever,
Swappin' yarns an' fishin' in a little river.' ~ "Noah, an' Jonah, an' Cap'n John Smith" by Don Marquis, first published in The New York Sun 7/28/1919.