Those Annual Bills by Mark Twain

THOSE ANNUAL BILLS

BY MARK TWAIN

Mark Twain Statue photograph by Flickr.com user Billie Hara January 30, 2008 Creative Commons License

Mark Twain Statue
photograph by Flickr.com
user Billie Hara
January 30, 2008
Creative Commons License

These annual bills! these annual bills!
How many a song their discord trills
Of “truck” consumed, enjoyed, forgot,
Since I was skinned by last year’s lot!

Those joyous beans are passed away;
Those onions blithe, O where are they?
Once loved, lost, mourned—now vexing ILLS
Your shades troop back in annual bills!

And so ’twill be when I’m aground
These yearly duns will still go round,
While other bards, with frantic quills,
Shall damn and damn these annual bills!

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