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Lackadaisy Dithyramb by tracyjb Lackadaisy Dithyramb by tracyjb
Reading the preceding comic pages in my gallery or at the Lackadaisy site [link] is pretty necessary at this point in order for this to make any sort of sense (I can't really promise it'll ever make -much- sense, though. ;))

Yeah, I know. Poetry. Blegh. ;P
But at least is has purpose - it's there to serve as a sort of informal chapter break, and amounts to Rocky more or less complaining of the inappropriateness of the Mississippi's nickname, Old Man River. Hopefully the poem isn't hard to follow in speech bubble format, but in case it is:

Old Man River!

That seems far too austere a name
For something made of mirth and rage.
O, roiling red-blood river vein,
If chief among your traits is age,
You're a wily, convoluted sage.

Is "old" the thing to call what rings
The vernal heart of wester-lore;
What brings us brassy-myth made kings
(And preponderance of bug-type things)
To challenge titans come before?
Demiurge to a try at Avalon-once-more!

And what august vitality
In your wide aorta stream
You must have had to oversee
Alchemic change of timber beam
To iron, brick and engine steam.

Your umber whiskey waters lance
The prideful sober sovereignty
Of faulty-haloed Temperance
And wilt her self-sure countenance;
Yes, righteousness is vanity,
But your sport's for imps, not elderly.

If there's a name for migrant mass
Of veteran frivolity
That snakes through seas of prairie grass
And groves of summer sassafras,
A name that flows as roguishly
As gypsy waters, fast and free,
It's your real name, Mississippi.
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Imaginer-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"thanks (yes, I wrote it. =))” 

*slow claps*
I need to read a thesaurus sometime  XD
IronAnarchy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Been following this comic for ages, finally have an account with which to say that this strip is the classiest thing I've ever seen.
DaMushroom Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
D: that was impressive
EliseArainai Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Such an impressive and somehow touching poem... but the cop ain't amused. Nice! :rofl:
IamDemonWolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thoroughly impressed with the poem, as I don't tend to do well in rhyme.
ladyarquen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow oh wow oh wow. Genius good job I mean wow.
Eldhimmel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
A very beautiful poem indeed :iconisayplz:
TheFazoob Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011   Digital Artist
I assume this is an original poem? It's absolutely brilliant.
Hatteress42 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
You're a genius. Gifted with words, character development, and such polish in your art that it fairly gleams! Bravo Miss!
stotans Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I learn much of my vocabulary from Rocky.
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