Unscrupulous pigmongers will
Attempt to wheedle and to coax
The ignorant young housewife till
She purchases her pigs in pokes;
Beast that got a Lurid Past,
Or else are far Too Good to Last.
So, should you not desire to be
The victim of a cruel hoax,
Then promise me, ah! promise me,
You will not purchase pigs in pokes!
(‘Twould be en error just as big
To poke your purchase in a pig.)
Too well I know the bitter cost,
To turn this subject off with jokes;
How many a fortune has been lost
By men who purchased pigs in pokes.
(Ah! think on such when you should talk
With mouths that are replete with pork!)
And, after dinner, round the fire,
Astride of Grandpa’s rugged knee,
Implore your bored but patient sire
To tell you what a Poke may be.
The fact he might disclose to you–
Which is far more than I can do.
* * * * * *
The Moral of The Pigs and Pokes
Is not to make your choice too quick.
In purchasing a Book of Jokes,
Pray poke around and take your pick.
Who knows how rich a mental meal
the covers of this book conceal?
Streamer, Col. D. [Harry Graham]. Perverted Proverbs. NY: R. H. Russell, 1903