The Erratic Rat Carolyn Wells

There was a ridiculous Rat

Who was awfully puffy and fat.

“I’ll carry,” he said,

“This plate on my head,

’Twill answer in place of a hat.”

And then he remarked with a frown,

“I suppose that I must have a gown;

I’ll make me a kilt

Of this old crazy-quilt,

To wear when I’m going to town.

“And of course, though the weather is warm,

It may be there’ll come up a storm;

An umbrella I’ll make

Of a caraway cake,

It’ll match with my whole uniform.

And I’ll carry a bottle of ink

In case I should wish for a drink;

And this flat-iron so sweet

I’ll take with me to eat,

And now I am ready, I think.”

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