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  • Too Hot to Eat

    From the Harrisburg Telegraph, July 25, 1914. By Wing Dinger.

    Why is it that this time of year
        With such good things to eat,
    We’re stopped from eating all we want
        By the excessive heat.

    Take chicken corn pie, say, than which
        A better dish there’s not.
    But, gee, you can’t eat all you want,
        Because it is too hot.

    Fresh vegetables of all kinds
        Are thrown into the pot,
    But when they’re served, though we would like
        To eat them, it’s too hot.

    For months I’ve hungered for fresh things—
        Green corn and beans and such—
    They’re here now, but it is so hot
        I can’t eat very much.