Please Gimme grew up and his ears got longer. Ax
Me No Questions grew up and her ears got
longer. And they kept on living in the house where everything is the
same as it always was. They learned to say just as their father said,
"The chimney sits on top of the house and lets the smoke out, the
doorknobs open the doors, the windows are always either open or shut,
we are always either upstairs or downstairs—everything is the same as
it always was."
After a while they began asking each other
in the cool of the evening after they had eggs for
breakfast in the morning, "Who’s who? How much? And what’s the
"It is too much to be too long anywhere,"
said the tough old man, Gimme the Ax.
And Please Gimme and Ax Me No Questions, the
tough son and the tough daughter of Gimme
the Ax, answered their father, "It is too much to be too long anywhere."
So they sold everything they had, pigs, pastures,
pepper pickers, pitchforks, everything except their ragbags and a few
When their neighbors saw them selling everything
they had, the different neighbors said,
"They are going to Kansas, to Kokomo, to Canada,
to Kankakee, to Kalamazoo, to Kamchatka, to the Chattahoochee."
One little sniffer with his eyes half shut and
a mitten on his nose, laughed in his hat five ways
and said, "They are going to the moon and when they get there they
will find everything is the same as it always