Down on the farm when I was but a lad,
At a young age I had to help my dad
Plant cabbage and corn, tomatoes and
To be quite frank, I didn't like it
When I was ten Dad bought me a new mule
So I could help him plow right after
My daddy said, "Son, I will show
To hitch up that mule to a walking plow.
To plow is easy and you will soon know
It's just a matter of gee, haw, and
Just walk behind and hold the handles
Tap her flank lightly and say, 'Mule,
Say 'Haw' to turn left, to the right say
It's really as simple as A, B, C.
When you have plowed to the end of the
Pull back on the reins and say 'Whoa,
I thought that job would surely be no
So I hurried from school to till the
But I soon learned and haven't forgotten
There was more to it than picking
I shouted "Stop!" at the end
of the row,
But that stubborn mule continued to go.
I whupped her flank and yelled "Oh,
please, mule, stop!"
But she paid no heed and started to
She plowed right through the patch of
Then took off like lightning through
Mom's pole beans.
She kept on going 'til she reached the
I said, "Stop now, mule, if you
have good sense."
When my daddy saw the fix I was in,
He hollered, "Whoa, mule,"
with his face agrin.
He said, "Now, son, remember what I say,
And you will have learned a lesson
There's much can be said 'bout the
And I can tell you this, she ain't no
When you talk to her use a mule's lingo
If you want her to stop, you must say
Copyright © 1995 Ruth Gillis
"Whoa, Mule" was first
published in the November 1995 issue of Chicken
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