Sunday, March 25, 2012

Magpie 110 ~ Nosy

Now That’s A Nose



You were our Ragtime Jimmy
Singin’ Inka Dinka Doo
We looked right past that big nose 
Saw the real you

Generous and oh so funny
With your Cyrano-sized nose
You called it your ‘Schnozzola’
Ready to strike a pose

Knew how to butcher English
Italian to the core
Vaudeville was your stomping ground
Left us wanting more

TV kept you busy
A bright and shining star
Your sign-off was a catchphrase
"Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" 





30 comments:

  1. Oh, Helen, I loved this! Don't you wish we looked at what was on the inside of everyone? Look at "Ragtime Jimmy's" smile and kind eyes! Loved, loved the second stanza. :)

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  2. He was quite a guy wasn't he! This is a really lovely tribute to him and does the original photograph justice too.
    Lovely :)

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  3. ha, i remember him...nice take...having a hard time with this pic finding anything...but you did well...

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  4. Took me back thru Memory Lane to the great Durante - thanx.

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  5. Love this! He was a brilliant artist and some of his songs can bring me to tears. Such a wonderful, heartfelt tribute, Helen. Well done!

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  6. Good poem, and good feel to the post...how could it not?

    Wander

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  7. A great tribute, and interesting take on the prompt.

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  8. a nice inka dinka doooooooo on the prompt....nicely done

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  9. What a lovely original response. Thanks Helen

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  10. Good one! I haven't thought of Durante in a while! thanks.

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  11. Ah the great Jimmy Durante; his 'September Song' is beautiful. This was such a different and enjoyable take on the prompt. Very creative thinking!

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  12. So very clever of you, Helen... I love it!

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  13. What fun! I remember Jimmy, just barely. Nice to think of him again, thanks!

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  14. Jimmy Durante, a lovable comic! Great tribute that you've given, Helen!

    Hank

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  15. Wonderful! Reminds us of the days when a big nose was not a Surgery Opportunity and having outstanding features was an advantage. Thank goodness Yul Brynner didn't have a hair transplant or Lon Chaney Jr have his eyes fixed!

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  16. Brilliant! What a tribute! Jimmy Durante was a huge idol of my father's. He was in the huge nose range (not quite Cyrano) but he gave Karl Malden and Jack Klugman a run for their money - and my oldest brother is the spit of Gérard Depardieu! Thankfully, I took after my mother in the snout-size department!

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  17. I don't know this person...but, nice tribute.

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  18. Clever,brilliant,everything wonderful....this is an amazing tribute and response Helen! YOU inspire me!!! :-)

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  19. Helen,
    I love Jimmy D. A man who could turn a phrase and keep you uplifted with his positivity!
    rel

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  20. Terrific! It's all in the nose...:)

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  21. Helen--wonderful take on the prompt and very sweet poem. I told Tess--I've written a very fun novel about this same subject -- not Jim Durante, but people, specifically, a young girl with a big schnoz. It's called Nose Dive and it's available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Nose-Dive-Karin-Gustafson/dp/0981992331

    A very nice poem. K.

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  22. Noses, noses! Excellent take!

    Anna :o]

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  23. What fun, Helen! This says a lot about you in a very very nice way. I love Cyrano de Bergerac!

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  24. An extensive profile, as my dad would say. Nice!

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  25. You should be so proud of this magpie, Helen, because it is truly wonderful. I smiled with reminiscence and appreciation for Jimmy, and for you for reminding me about him.

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