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Gertrude Smarten

Post by Juggular » Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:20 pm

In the new Vol. 2 W.C. Fields Comedy Collection, there's a terrific scene where the family is at the breakfast table and the wife, reading the newspaper, says, "O, here are some lovely fragments by the poet Gertrude Smarten. Wouldn't you like to hear some?" Fields says nothing. "I said," she continues, "wouldn't you like to hear some???"
"Yes yes yes dear. I certainly would." Fields answers hastily.

I thought you all'd like to hear the poem for yourselves. Here tis (parodying Gertrude Stein and others):

We have what we have not*
What we have not, we have
Up is down
Down is out
Everyone knew me, and I was happy
And we were all happy
Is everybody happy?
And I bought a big red apple
Yes, unhappiness is joy

*After this line Fields turns to his daughter and asks, "Have we any, uh, syrup?"
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Post by RealityStudio » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:06 pm

That's brilliant!
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