Armazindy - The poems and prose sketches of James Whitcomb Riley.
Originally published in 1894 by the The Bowen-Merrill Company.

Armazindy; -- fambily name
Ballenger, -- you'll find the same,
As her Daddy answered it,
In the old War-rickords yit, --
And, like him, she's airnt the good
Will o' all the neighborhood. --
Name ain't down in History, --
But, i jucks! it ort to be!
Folks is got respec' fer her --
Armazindy Ballenger! --
'Specially the ones 'at knows
Fac's o' how her story goes
From the start: -- Her father blowed
Up -- eternally furloughed --
When the old "Sultana" bu'st,
And sich men wuz needed wusst. --
Armazindy, 'bout fourteen-
Year-old then -- and thin and lean
As a killdee, -- but -- my la! --
Blamedest nerve you ever saw!
The girl's mother'd allus be'n
Sickly -- wuz consumpted when
Word came 'bout her husband. -- So
Folks perdicted she'd soon go --
(Kind o' grief I understand,
Losin' my companion, -- and
Still a widower -- and still
Hinted at, like neighbers will!)
So, app'inted, as folks said,
Ballenger a-bein' dead,
Widder, 'peared-like, gradjully,
Jes grieved after him tel she
Died, nex' Aprile wuz a year, --
And in Armazindy's keer
Leavin' the two twins, as well
As her pore old miz'able
Old-maid aunty 'at had be'n
Struck with palsy, and wuz then
Jes a he'pless charge on her --
Armazindy Ballenger.

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