22.1.07

Gilbert MagazineCover



The Logical Vegetarian
by G.K. Chesterton,
with an additional verse by Nathan Allen

You will find me drinking rum,
Like a sailor in a slum,
You will find me drinking beer like a Bavarian.
You will find me drinking gin
In the lowest kind of inn,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.

So I cleared the inn of wine,
And I tried to climb the sign,
And I tried to hail the constable as ‘Marion.’
But he said I couldn’t speak,
And he bowled me to the Beak
Because I was a Happy Vegetarian.

Oh, I knew a Doctor Gluck,
And his nose it had a hook,
And his attitudes were anything but Aryan;
So I gave him all the pork
That I had upon a fork
Because I am myself a Vegetarian.

I am silent in the club, I am silent in the pub,
I am silent on a belly peak in Darien;
For I stuff away for life
Shoving peas in with a knife,
Because I am at heart a Vegetarian.

No more the milk of cows
Shall pollute my private house
Than the milk of the wild mares of the Barbarian;
I will stick to port and sherry,
For they are so very, very,
So very, very, very Vegetarian.

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You won't find me smoking weed
Or giving in to sordid greed
Or ogling girls like vultures circling carrion;
No, I'll stick to my cigar
Or smoke my pipe while in my car,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.

4 comments:

Jef Murray said...

Ted, this is lovely! Great perspective, dynamics, everything! I only have one criticism, and that is that you might want to consider adding some darker shading underneath GKC and the pig...they look a little like they're floating over the signpost rather than resting on it.... Otherwise, excellent!

theobear said...

THANKS Jef, and yes, good call, I'll add some shadow there.

Ben said...

I think I've told you "woo HOO!" about this before, but once again, Ted, Woo HOO!

you're covers are good as gold.

BTW, I tried to sing this as a song this summer -I even managed to explain the verses to an Italian friend.

Abigail said...

Their expressions are great - really nice.