Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Sonnet for Ray Bolger

Limbered vaudevillian dancing Broadway
Down its yellow bricked road to film and fame;
Stopping to get strung up, stuffed with hay,
Discovers that he always had a brain.

Pacific USO, Stage Door Canteen
Babes in Toyland, the Ray Bolger Show
Unrivaled master of the stage and screen
Has Emmy nomination, Tony’s owned.

Narrates That’s Dancing! with Judy’s daughter
Sings I’m a Pepper in a Doctor Pepper ad;
Comes down with, dies from bladder cancer,
Goes up to heaven in his straw suit clad.

Rejoins Dorothy, Tin man, friends from Oz
To abundant and prolonged applause.

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