The Rival Queens by Carolyn Wells

Now wasn’t this ridiculous?
Essie and Mamie had a fuss,
And each declared she wouldn’t play
Unless she could be Queen of May.

“You think you’re smart!” Miss Essie said,
And Mamie sneered and tossed her head.
And each one angrily declared
There’d be no queen for all she cared!

Mamie was mad as she could be,
And Essie pouted sulkily;
With angry looks they onward stalked,
While no one ‘neath the May-bower walked.

Oh! social Queens, this lesson learn
If for supremacy you yearn,
And of your fitness there is doubt,
See that your rival too’s kept out.

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