Into the cistern little Willie
Pushed his little sister Lily.
Father couldn’t find his daughter,
Now we sterilize our water.
Published in the June 4, 1903 edition of Life and credited to the Yale Review.
Willie in his roguish way
Tipped Grandpa on the fire one day.
Mother said “My dear that’s cruel!
But of course it does save fuel.”
Published in TIME magazine, February 28, 1944, in a report on Time and Tide’s contest for war time “ruthless rhymes.”