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Poem of the Day: For Poetry Friday

By Robin Rose Yuran

How doth the glib librarian
Strive mightily to please;
She crosseth both her little i’s
And dotteth all her T’s.

But grizzled adversarian
Doth rob her dewey glow;
He pillage page and cracketh spine
As through the stacks he go.

That snaggle-toothed barbarian
With atavistic chin,
He rippeth all the pictures out
And put his doodle in.

Beware the mousy Marion
Of spectacle and bun;
Her lexi-cunning vanquisheth
All he of lesser pun.

“Put down the books you carrion!”
Librarian Marion cried.
Adversarian barbarian
Reluctantly complied.

How doth the glib librarian
Ignore his plangent pleas;
She blacketh both his little eyes
And whacketh both his knees.

– Thanks to John Peters for the poem.
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About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Monica Edinger says:

    Ha! A parody of a parody. Anyone know the title of the original poem? (Hint: it is not a water animal.)

  2. “How Doth the Little Busy Bee”

  3. Y’know, a poem which uses the word ‘plangent’ just makes my day.

    As doth her blacking his little eyes, of course.

  4. Kelly Polark says:


  5. lisachellman says:

    “her dewey glow,” yuk yuk yuk. 😀

  6. laurasalas says:

    Gotta love the librarian’s revenge! I’m thinking the adversarian is perhaps a 2nd grader:>)