Nitty Norah Biddy Explorer

Nitty Norah Biddy Explorer
how I’m itching
for her
to visit school.

Sassafras and Derback perfume
pervade the air of the sick room
as I sit here in the gloom
with her portable nitting machine
crackle pop crackle pop
see them hop watch them drop
Nitty Norah Biddy Explorer
I’m itching for you.

Nitty Norah when you marry
your children will never be harried
by lice horde tri-um-phary
and
sticky scalp rule.

They can talk
free from scratching
breakfast line up for metal comb
catching
errant cooties getting a thrashing
with your portable nitting machine.
Crackle pop crackle pop
see them hop watch them drop
Nitty Norah Biddy explorer
I’m itching for you.

By Neil White