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[aloha-donblanding] Don 'Pollo Belvedere

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  • Keith Emmons
    Hello All, Dug up an interesting Blanding item. Ron Jacobs, in one of his magazine articles, mentions a poem written about Blanding by poet Francesca Blake
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 25, 2000
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      Hello All,
      Dug up an interesting 'Blanding' item. Ron Jacobs, in one of his
      magazine articles, mentions a poem written about Blanding by poet
      Francesca Blake Hawes. It appeared in her book 'Verses of the Little
      Days', which was first printed in 1935... and reprinted in 1947. It is
      dedicated to Don Blanding, Manager of Junior Pageants, and refers to
      him as an 'Apollo'. Some of you have probably already seen this, but
      for those who haven't, the poem follows:


      DON 'POLLO BELVEDERE - OF HONOLULU

      Unto this town there came a man
      A trinity was he.
      A looker? yes, but better still
      To brains he had the key.

      And with a paintbrush in his hand,
      Ye gods, what spells he wrought,
      He splashed it here, he splashed it there -
      But everybody bought.

      And should you ever see him dance,
      Our subtle, graceful "DON",
      You'd roll your eyes in ecstasy
      And say, "Oh, what a swan".

      Of poetry, too, he writes at will
      Such atmospheric dreams,
      In language choice, with artful skill
      He rolls it out by reams...

      Executive? Oh yes, you say,
      His latest answers that,
      For purses, too, not so replete
      Are flat upon the mat...

      As manager, the girls all say
      He seemed as smooth as cream,
      But don't forget an iron will
      Produced that show supreme...

      You'll travel far in any land
      Before you find a "Don",
      At all the games he's out to kill
      And always with a reason.

      Now, if you do not like my verse
      DON 'POLLO BELVEDERE
      It is not you but only me
      That sounds a little queer.

      I could say more, perhaps, but no,
      I'll end it now. That's that...

      ~Francesca Blake Hawes
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