[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in A Book for Kids, 1921.]
I’d like to be a teacher, and have a clever brain,
Calling out, “Attention, please!” and “Must I speak in vain?”
I’d be quite strict with boys and girls whose minds I had to train,
And all the books and maps and things I’d carefully explain;
I’d make then learn the dates of kings, and all the capes of Spain;
But I wouldn’t be a teacher if . . . .
I couldn’t use the cane.
C. J. Dennis. A Book for Kids, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, , page 99
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