Honky Tonk in Cleveland, Ohio

Carl Sandburg 1878 (Galesburg) – 1967 (Flat Rock)



It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and coronet razzes.
The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts.
The banjo tickles and titters too awful.
The chippies talk about the funnies in the papers.
The cartoonists weep in their beer.
Shop riveters talk with their feet
To the feet of floozies under the tables.
A quartet of white hopes mourn with interspersed snickers:
"I got the blues.
I got the blues.
I got the blues."
And . . . as we said earlier:
The cartoonists weep in their beer.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme aabaCdaaAAAeC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 497
Words 89
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 13

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