Double Life poem by Don Blanding
- Years ago we had discussions as to the possible meanings of the Double Life poem. Some thought it was a reference to his sexuality; some thought it was a reference to his conflicts about being a Vagabond and wanting/needing a place to permanently reside.
I came across a snipet in one of his columns that answered the question for me. The partial quote from his column is as follows:
"This is the season when friends send postcards from Hither, Thither and even Yon saying "Having a swell time. Wish you were here." The pictures of totem poles, geysers, big fish, etc., are getting me pretty restless." The feeling has inspired the following jingle:
"How very pleasant it would be
If only there were two of me:
A restless Me to drift and roam,
A Quiet Me to stay at home."
I believe this "jingle" is the birth of the Double Life poem. This column was from the Carmel Pine Cone 7-22-38 and affirmed his restlessness and boredom with the everyday life he chose in Carmel with owning a home and doing the everyday things Vagabond's would never dream of doing on a regular basis. As we know it wasn't too long after this that he got those restless feet again and abandoned Carmel.
Somehow I overlooked this column until I began re-reading everything.
- I think you are on to something. It certainly indicates
being torn between being a vagabond and a homebody. As
to his sexual orientation, who the heck cares?
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