OT "Ma and the Auto" 1916 backseat driver

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: OT "Ma and the Auto" 1916 backseat driver
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eugene Adams on Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 05:30 pm:

Here is a cute auto related poem.
This interesting rhyme was copied from a book printed in 1916.

“A HEAP O’LIVIN” by Edgar A. Guest.

As you read this 1916 poem, realize that it was written when autos had been used for personal travel for probably only 12 years or so.

MA AND THE AUTO
Before we take an auto ride Pa says to Ma: “My dear,
Now just remember I don’t need suggestions from the rear.
If you will just sit still back there and hold in check your fright,
I’ll take you where you want to go and get you back all right.
Remember that my hearing’s good and also I’m not blind.
And, I can drive this car without suggestions from behind.”

Ma promises that she’ll keep still, then off we gaily start,
But soon she notices ahead a peddler and his cart.
“You’d better toot your horn.” Says she, “to let him know we’re near;
He might turn out!” and Pa replies: “just shriek at him, my dear.”
And then he adds: “some day, some guy will make a lot of dough
By putting horns on tonneau seats for women-folks to blow!”

A little farther on Ma cries: “He signaled for a turn!”
And Pa says: “Did he?” in a tone that’s hot enough to burn.
“Oh, there’s a boy on roller skates!” cries Ma. “Now do go slow.
I’m sure he doesn’t see our car.” And Pa says, “I dunno,
I think I don’t need glasses yet, but really it may be
That I am blind and cannot see what’s right in front of me.”

If Pa should speed the car a bit some rigs to hurry past
Ma whispers: “Do be careful now. You’re driving much too fast.”
And all the time she’s pointing out the dangers of the street
And keeps him posted on the roads where trolley cars he’ll meet.
Last night when we got safely home, Pa sighed and said: “My dear,
I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed the drive that you gave us from the rear!”.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sole - Castelldefels (Spain) on Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 06:17 pm:

Automobiles and a lot of other things out on the road have changed over the past 100 years, but this poem is written proof that human nature has not!

Wonderful poem. Thanks Eugene!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jay - In Northern California on Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 11:04 pm:

Great stuff Eugene!! Thanks for your post!


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