Pittypat and Tippytoe By Eugene Field

Published Categorized as Poems For Children
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is another humorous poem about children and childhood by Eugene Field.

The poem describes the day-to-day activities, fights, and of small children and the delightful havoc they leave in their path.

The poem:

All day long they come and go–
Footprints up and down the hall,
Playthings scattered on the floor,

Finger-marks along the wall,
Tell-tale smudges on the door–
By these presents you shall know

How they riot at their !
And a dozen times a day
In they troop, demanding bread–
Only buttered bread will do,

And the butter must be spread
Inches thick with sugar too!
And I never can say “No,
Pittypat and Tippytoe!”

Sometimes there are griefs to soothe,
Sometimes ruffled brows to smooth;
For (I much regret to say)
Tippytoe and Pittypat
Sometimes interrupt their
With an internecine spat;
Fie, for shame! to quarrel so–
Pittypat and Tippytoe!

Oh the thousand worrying things
Every day recurrent brings!
Hands to scrub and hair to brush,
Search for playthings gone amiss,

Many a wee complaint to hush,
Many a little bump to kiss;
Life seems one vain, fleeting show
To Pittypat and Tippytoe!

pittypat and tippytoe

And when day is at an end,
There are little duds to mend;
Little frocks are strangely torn,
Little shows great holes reveal,
Little hose, but one day worn,
Rudely yawn at toe and heel!

Who but you could work such woe,
Pittypat and Tippytoe!
On the floor and down the hall,
Rudely smutched upon the wall,
There are proofs in every kind
Of the havoc they have wrought,

And upon my heart you’d find
Just such trade-marks, if you sought;
Oh, how glad I am ’tis so,
Pittypat and Tippytoe!

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