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The September 13, 1881 issue of Harper’s Young People included a charming short poem by Margaret E. Sangster titled Caught in a Shower. The subject of the poem is suggested by the title. Among the many reasons I found the poem to be amenable to re-publication in The New Leaf Journal is that I published a fictional dialogue about being unexpectedly caught in a shower in 2020. This is the third time we have re-published a poem by Margaret E. Sangster – you will find the first two articles in our our tag for the poet.
Below, you will find Caught in a Shower republished in its entirety with the illustration that originally accompanied the children’s poem in Harper’s Young People.
“Caught In A Shower” by Margaret E. Sangster
On, where did it come from, I wonder? There wasn't a cloud in the sky, And the first thing I heard was the thunder, The first thing I did was to cry. There goes a bright flash! there's another! I was never caught this way before. I wish I was home with my mother, And out of this terrible pour.