[lit-ideas] Fwd: Sunday Twofer (corrected)

  • From: David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:33:00 -0700

> Great chieftan o' the pudding race,
> you with the honest Sonsie face
> (and thus far in life a sufficiency of swiftness
> for most purposes),
> out of our sight 
> is it owls you wish to meet, or mice?
> Or men?
> Garter snakes!
> Of course.
> Thank you for the lovely present. 
> We have watched with interest your early and daily 
> investigation of surrounding property,
> your improvement in the fence leap,
> your attempts to coax prey from the sky with your poet's cheeping. 
> Like soft washing hung out on a lazy afternoon line to dry,
> your fur stirs when you doze on warm clay.
> Like some large tourist,
> you'll start awake,
> look quite surprised,
> wash,
> a fat cat beside the hotel pool, 
> wondering whether to order a second Tequila.
> Today the weather's earl gray and you're staying close, 
> but would, we wonder,
> you know a coyote
> if it padded by?
> We can but hope. 
> If likeness and demeanor were the issues uppermost in the mind of casting 
> directors, who would they say I might play?  Marx possibly.  I'm not 
> Lutheran-Jewish German (it was Jenny who had the Scottish origins), but I 
> might pass.  Just add a dueling scar above the eye.  
> I could do Grant.  Lee, even.  Same head shape.  Socrates would be a 
> stretch--too much absence of tan..., and that whole Greek male bit would be a 
> stretch.  
> Possibly Hemingway.  But again, the swagger would be the stumbling block.   
> We're a self-effacing lot, the Scots.  Until we're not.
> David Ritchie,
> Portland, Oregon

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