The New Vernacular

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) Oct 26, 1936

THE NEW VERNACULAR

By DOUGLAS MALLOCH

People often say to me,
Members of the laity,
They suppose a poet knows
A life of little gaiety,
But it’s not laborious,
Really rather glorious,
For the times are full of rimes,
Many meritorious.

We have inebriety,
And the planned society,
Processing, and ev’rything
In a wide variety,
Such a multiplicity,
Ev’ry eccentricity,
Brand new words in droves and herds
To jingle with felicity.

Yes, we live in wordy days
In these hurdy-gurdy days,
Richer rimes than in the times
We wrote of spring and birdie days.
Radicals oracular,
Senators spectacular,
Took our dough, and more we owe —
But, gosh, what a vernacular!

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Feb 18, 1936

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