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Pittypat and Tippytoe

Pittypat and Tippytoe is a fun and delightful poem about kids written by Eugene Field that all parents can surely relate to. I'm sure that everyone will smile at the playful antics and joyful way Field describes life with children.

Pittypat and Tippytoe
by Eugene Field

All day long they come and go---
Pittypat and Tippytoe;
Footprints up and down the hall,
Playthings scattered on the floor,
Finger-marks along the wall,
Tell-tale smudges on the door---
By these presents you shall know
Pittypat and Tippytoe.

How they riot at their play!
And a dozen times a day
In they troop, demanding bread---
Only buttered bread will do,
And the butter must be spread
Inches thick with sugar too! And I never can say "No,
Pittypat and Tippytoe!"

Sometimes there are griefs to soothe,
Sometimes ruffled brows to smooth;
For (I much regret to say)
Tippytoe and Pittypat
Sometimes interrupt their play
With an internecine spat;
Fie, for shame! to quarrel so---
Pittypat and Tippytoe!

Oh the thousand worrying things
Every day recurrent brings!
Hands to scrub and hair to brush,
Search for playthings gone amiss,
Many a wee complaint to hush,
Many a little bump to kiss;
Life seems one vain, fleeting show
To Pittypat and Tippytoe!

And when day is at an end,
There are little duds to mend;
Little frocks are strangely torn,
Little shoes great holes reveal,
Little hose, but one day worn,
Rudely yawn at toe and heel!
Who but you could work such woe,
Pittypat and Tippytoe?

But when comes this thought to me:
"Some there are that childless be,"
Stealing to their little beds,
With a love I cannot speak,
Tenderly I stroke their heads---
Fondly kiss each velvet cheek.
God help those who do not know
A Pittypat or Tippytoe!

On the floor and down the hall,
Rudely smutched upon the wall,
There are proofs in every kind
Of the havoc they have wrought,
And upon my heart you'd find
Just such trade-marks, if you sought;
Oh, how glad I am 'tis so,
Pittypat and Tippytoe!

~Eugene Field (1850-1895)

As an American writer, Field was best known for his humorous essays and children's poetry, such as his most famous one – Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

After numerous attempts of trying different careers, he finally became a journalist for the Gazette in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1875.

Field's light, humorous articles were written in a gossipy style, and several were published in newspapers across the country. It was in 1879 that he first began to publish his poetry.

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