I Like to Play With Him

I like to play with him
He would be lovely to play with
He is so solemn sensitive conceited
He would be lovely to play with
I could pretend
Say so-and-so and so-and-so
Watch his responses,
How'd he take that today
And this tomorrow,
Mood, tense, you see
I'd conjugate His Inexcellancy.
Oh on that evening you were
So charming enchanting touching
Lost wounded and betrayed
Oh that should have been only the beginning.

- Stevie Smith
Available in "New Selected Poems of Stevie Smith" from New Directions Publishing. Text used by permission of Estate of James MacGibbon.

Commissioned and presented by WordSong. Performed on May 24, 2011 at the St. Botolph Club in Boston, MA, by Kristen Watson, soprano, and Linda Osborn-Blaschke, piano.

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