Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  David Snowdon, iFrancis Eaden, iFrank Whyte, iMel Hathorn, iStephen Lodge, iKathryn Perry, iBob Mitchley, i

  Home > Humor > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Gerard J. St. John

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· Messages
· 103 Titles
· 21 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Mar, 2006

Gerard J. St. John, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
At the heart of it all --The Genius of Fellowship. - making
by Tuchy (Carl) Palmieri

This is a reprint of a 1935 book, by Sam Shoemaker. Sam has been credited with being an archectect of the A.A. program. While The book is directed to church personel..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Featured Book
Merchild Land
by Sylvia Ramsey

Begin an adventure under the sea with the mermaids and merchildren, and then sail the ocean of the evening sky on the waves of the Milky Way. Merchild Land is a children..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Popular Poetry (Humor)
  1.  Summer Doth Approach...
  2.  My Ass Is Grass
  3.  Sunny Days and Mondays
  5.  Ah, Shucks
  6.  What is it with women...?
  7.  Halloween is Coming!
  8.  Missed again...
  9.  $
  10.  The Toilet Seat
  11.  An expose' of the Pines Devil...
  12.  Cell Phone Blues
  13.  Catching Up With The Past
  14.  My Good Friday Procedure
  15.  Funny Bones Claire
  16.  Tits
  17.  Somebody Blinked
  18.  'Nere Do Wells
  19.  Curly McCurdled
  20.  The jersey devil stayed home last night…

Mulligan's Tie
by Gerard J. St. John

Saturday, November 01, 2014
Rated "G" by the Author.
Share   Print  Save   Become a Fan

Recent poems by Gerard J. St. John
•  Photo Joe
•  The Boatie
•  Bi-Wing Planes
•  August 1946
•  The Poor House
           >> View all 8

This verse was written in 1965 to accompany a gaudy orange and purple tie that Mary Kilroy and Janet Toohey purchased for Frank Mulligan on the occasion of Frank leaving his employment at the Redevelopment Authority to attend Temple University School of Law. The original document has been lost over the years. After fifty years, I cannot recall the exact words, but this is a close approximation.


        MULLIGAN’S TIE  

By the curb of far north Broad Street,

By the steaming blacktop roadway,

At the doorway of the Law School,

In the muggy summer morning,

Francis Mulligan stood and waited.


All the air was slightly noxious.

All the earth was less than joyous.

And before him, through the smog bank,

Westward, toward the neighboring jungle,

Passed in motley swarms, the Students,

Passed the owls, the money-makers,

Weeping, wailing, of their test marks.


From the brow of novice Darrow,

Gone is every trace of sorrow;

As the cop from out the red car,

As the con from out of Moko.

High above him shines a red light,

Orange spread his shoes before him;

From our hands received this present,

Sparkling, flashing free from fashion.


Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/1/2014
A lot of images come forth, especially those gaudy ties of the era. I do recall one time driving out of Philly to the north on Broad Street where "law and order" was in place and there were cops on every intersection directing five lanes north with one measly lane going south. One politicians way of improving traffic flow.


Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.