In Other Words/Simplicity


ad puerum

Horace: Book I, Ode 38.

Persicos odi, puer apparatus—”

The Persian pomp and circumstance are things I do not like; I shall not buy a motor-car while I possess a bike; I will not buy a Panama to place upon my head, A simple sennitt bonnet, boy, purchase for me instead.

For such a thatch will do for you as it has done for me— An ordinary straw hat, for a dollar thirty-three. Then to the coolest bar in town for some Milwaukee liquor Where I may watch the ball-game—as it comes over the ticker.