The Pigby Anonymous
It was the first of May
A lovely warm spring day
I was strolling down the street in drunken pride,
But my knees were all a-flutter,
And I landed in the gutter
And a pig came up and lay down by my side.
Yes, I lay there in the gutter
Thinking thoughts I could not utter
When a lady passing by did softly say
'You can tell a man who boozes
By the company he chooses' — And the pig got up and slowly walked away.
"The Pig" by Anonymous. Public domain.
from Writers Almanac.
On this day, when I was young, girls danced around the maypole at school. One year, my high school-aged sister was crowned the May Queen. I, 6 years younger, was so jealous. Some day, I thought, I will go to St. Ann's and be the queen of May, too.