Friday, April 13, 2007

Poetry, Pope, Pimpernel, and Sleepover Friday

Ria and I are having a sleepover, at which we intended to watch John Paul II, but were obliged to settle for The Scarlet Pimpernel. Just having completed that elegant, chivalrous movie, we wanted to post some poetry for Friday before it ceased to be Friday. Here ye are.

"Why shouldn't I have a purely vegetarian drink? Why shouldn't I take vegetables in their highest form, so to speak? The modest vegetarians ought to stick to wine or beer, plain vegetable drinks, instead of filling their goblets with the blood of bulls and elephants, as all conventional meat-eaters do, I suppose"--Dalroy.

You will find me drinking rum,
Like a sailor in a slum,
You will find me drinking beer like a Bavarian
You will find me drinking gin
In the lowest kind of inn
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.

So I cleared the inn of wine,
And I tried to climb the sign,
And I tried to hail the constable as "Marion."
But he said I couldn't speak,
And he bowled me to the Beak
Because I was a Happy Vegetarian.

Oh, I know a Doctor Gluck,
And his nose it had a hook,
And his attitudes were anything but Aryan;
So I gave him all the pork
That I had, upon a fork
Because I am myself a Vegetarian.

I am silent in the Club,
I am silent in the pub.,
I am silent on a bally peak in Darien;
For I stuff away for life
Shoving peas in with a knife,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.

No more the milk of cows
Shall pollute my private house
Than the milk of the wild mares of the Barbarian
I will stick to port and sherry,
For they are so very, very,
So very, very, very, Vegetarian.

Hmmm. Well, that took some time (the computer's feeling sluggish), but, believe us, it was Friday when we began. Good Morning, and we're off to bed.

P.s. Yes, Poem Hunter again.


Anonymous said...

John Paul II, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the poem are all very good.

Ria said...

I agree!!!!!

Ineski Peski Petrova said...

I love that song... love it... I actually tried to set it to an Irish tune (also a drinking song, in fact) and it didn't turn out bad. The original Irish song is called Gra ma chroi a culin ban, and it's also really fun.

Anonymous said...

I tried to set it to an Irish song...although not a drinking song. I set it to "Come out ye Black and Tans".