A Celebration of Women Writers

"The "Anti" and the Fly." by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
From: Suffrage Songs and Verses. by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. New York: The Charlton Company, 1911. p. 19.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


The fly upon the Cartwheel
  Thought she made all the Sound;
He thought he made the Cart go on–
  And made the wheels go round.

The Fly upon the Cartwheel
  Has won undying fame
For Conceit that was colossal,
  And Ignorance the same.

But today he has a Rival
  As we roll down History's Track–
For the "Anti" on the Cartwheel
  Thinks she makes the Wheels go back!


Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom