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  • The Ideal

    From The Tacoma Times, October 6, 1913. By Berton Braley.

    She firmly declared that the man she should marry
        Must wholly conform to a certain ideal.
    He mustn’t be homely, like Tom, Dick and Harry,
        But handsome and noble, with muscles like steel;
    He must have an intellect masterly, splendid,
        Ambition and power and honor and fame,
    With knowledge and humor delightfully blended—
        And other requirements too many to name.

    She married a chap who was dull as you find ‘em,
        And homely besides, as an unpainted fence;
    The wise ones had long ago left him behind ‘em;
        His lack of ambition was something intense;
    His humor was minus and, as for his knowledge,
        He hadn’t enough to come in when it rains;
    His father had wanted to send him to college,
        But found—to his grief—that he hadn’t the brains.

    Yet she doesn’t think she has been inconsistent;
        She truly believes he is all that she thought;
    She clothes him with charms that are quite non-existent
        And dreams him the wonderful man that she sought;
    We notice her choice and we chuckle and chortle
        And wonder how such a poor dub could appeal,
    But she takes that commonplace, every-day mortal
        And firmly believes she has found her ideal!