I thought it would be appropriate to start February 2022 with a poem that was published at the beginning of February many years ago – 141 years ago to be precise. February 1, 1881, fell on a Tuesday just like February 1, 2022. The issue of Harper’s Young People released on that day began with a poem titled Kitty’s First Pie. While a kitty is mentioned in the poem and featured in the illustration that was made for the poem, the heroine of Kitty’s First Pie is a young girl named Kit. Harper’s did not include the name of the author with the poem. Without further ado, I present to you Kitty’s First Pie as it was published in 1881.
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“Kitty’s First Pie”
Baked in a patty-pan, Flaky and light, Done to a turn, And seasoned just right, By a recipe taken From mother's bg book, And some words of advice Thrown in by the cook, Is Kitty's first pie. She made it herself, Did little Miss Kit, Without the least bit of help, Not one tiny bit. But in eating it she'll have Assistance enough; For there's Bertha her sister, And little dog Buff, And dear Mrs. Purr (Who's a cat, as you know), And all the sweet dolls Sitting up in a row, Each waiting her turn For a piece of the pie; And all the young people Besides you and I Would, if asked, take a bit Of Kitty's first pie. Of course 'twill go round, For it's round as a wheel, Though I doubt if for all It would make a full meal. But I'm sure there's enough For each one to taste, And pass an opinion Of the mince and the paste Of Kitty's first pie.