FOLKS ain't got no right to censuah othah folks
about dey habits
Him dat giv' de squir'ls de bushtails made de bobtails fu' de rabbits.
dat built de gread big mountains hollered out de little
Him dat made de streets an' driveways wasn't shamed to make de alleys.
We is all constructed diff'ent, d'ain't no two of us de same;
We cain't he'p ouah likes an' dislikes, ef we 'se bad we ain't to blame.
If we 'se good, we needn't show off, case you bet it ain't ouah doin'
We gits into su'ttain channels dat we jes' cain't he'p pu'suin'.
But we all fits into places dat no othah ones could fill,
And we does the things we has to, big er little, good er ill.
John cain't tek de place o' Henry, Su an' Sally ain't alike;
Bass ain't nuthin' like a suckah, chub ain't nuthin' like a pike.
When you come to think about it, how it 's all planned out it 's splendid.
Nuthin's done er evah happens, 'dout hit's somefin' dat's intended;
Don't keer what you does, you has to, an' hit sholy beats de dickens, --
Viney, go put on de kittle, I got one o' mastah's chickens.
-from Lyrics of Lowly Life, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1896)