[aloha-donblanding] Don 'Pollo Belvedere
- 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