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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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CyrusGrayhollow Featured By Owner Edited Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful poem. And to see Wick getting scared of the letter opener, as well as the police officer in the final panel, was a great bonus. :D
TakaTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG that cop standing there.  Laugh 
RussDog Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
I loooove the poem!! Still so impressed you wrote this, and that of all people (cats?) it would be Rocky saying it, haha!
LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist
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.
1sthermit Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was...Beautiful!
XDB5 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
HA he got all into it
Kittengrl39 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I keep thinking I'm going to find this poem in some poetry anthology written by a literary giant like Walt Whitman or Henry David Thoreau. And then I find out it's yours and my eyes bug out of my head. To pull off the rhyme, rhythm, diction, and style like that... it's just... you would make such a great poet. This poem is amazingly beautiful and appropriate.
Toxodentrail Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why do I think of Tom Saywer whenever I see Rocky in this strip?
Maybe itīs because of the hat! :D

Love your comics! Keep up the good work! :D
Demonrex Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Eads bridge? Great choice. :D
TakataRikuzen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I please kidnap you?
arctic-dragonwolf Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
nice~ there are a lot of lovely poems out there, but to put one in a lovely comic makes it all the better!
lordratchezlath Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
rocky's finest page, in my humble opinion. did you write that or is he quoting someone else?
tracyjb Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Thank you - I wrote it.
lordratchezlath Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
teehee. well, im not sure if rocky or mordecai is my favourite character, but rocky does have his (and by extension your) talent for poetry in his favour. :)
p.s. i was awfully surprised mitzi wasnt blonde. how do you decide those things anyways?
GabbyNumNums Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE that poem!
88pixiegirl88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Rocky is quite the poet.
robustdraws Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, there should be and encoreXD
fynewyne Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Wait wait wait wait WAIT. Did you write that? Because if you did then holy SHIT. I'm sorry, but for as spectacular as the artwork is... you had damn well better go into writing. Also, the amount of talent you have is unfair.
tracyjb Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Thanks. I did write it and I'm very flattered that you seem to like it.
I'm not a naturally skilled writer, though - especially when it comes to poetry. I'm pretty much a total hack at it, but I have an out in that I can blame all the flowery verbiage on Rocky. ;)
gravel-in-a-blender Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   General Artist
I really love the poem!
SupedoKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
:D i think this has been my fav part so far: it shows Rocky's (Roark. lol coolest name EVER) more artistic side to contrast his well... eccentric. side. :love: and he's a musician too, it just makes him such a well rounded character!
Mr-Howl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
You deserve some sort of monument for being this good at writing and still choosing to make a comic.
coalwings Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favourite scenes in your comic.
keep doing amazing stuff!
AmadisAmaranth Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the poem! I'm just now getting around to reading Lackadaisy in order on your site (I always check the dA pages, but you know, context) and I had to come back and check it on dA to see if you had written it! I thought it was some traditional poem, but to find you're the poet as well as the artist? wow! positively amazing :heart:
Bunny-Pile Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
wow this is so awsm ^__^
woot poetry! X3
Judg3m3nt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I dont know if you were inspired or if it was all pure imagination but I thought you did a wonderful job on the poem. It was a bit wordy at parts but overall very professional and an enjoyable read. The animation fits it perfectly as well.
RandomKitty318 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Yay Rocky! LOVE your comic.
cg613 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
:D I recently began reading your comic and this is definitely my favorite part so far. I love how amazing Rocky is :D The backgrounds on this one are really good, too.
Sandz890 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
The poetry on top of Rocky's performance has me sold, this is thus far my favorite strip in your comic he he :P

Keep up the good work!
Sun-face Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
St. Louis might as well be St. Paul.
Mycrodude Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Good ol' Rocky I've only been reading for about 30 mins. of Lackadaisy and I love it!
Psalm234 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ok i know im like 3 years too late for commenting, but i have to say that poem is beautiful^_^
Frumpman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
I can understand people not liking poetry when it's soppy and all about flowers and love, but that poen was really very good it had both nice rythm and very nice language very easy to visualize in your head so to speak and if you wrote it yourself you should I have to say think about writing poetry more often because that was in a word: great!

Love the comic by the way been following it since 2006 or 5 whenever it wás you first started doing it. or putting it on DA rather.
Cupidcomet77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Did you write that off the top of your head?

If so, I really wish I had as much writing skills as you.
EquusHeart Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I like Rocky. He's handsome, sweet, funny, sarcastic, and charming in his own way. I wouldn't mind falling for a guy like him.
fleetwindflyy Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That was a wonderful poem, and very fitting I would add. For those of you who do not live near the Mississippi river, it is a very dangerous and ever moving river. Swimming is not allowed due to all of the rip tides and strong currents. Old Man River defiantly does not fit the spirit of the Mississippi.
Hanada-chan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Was Rocky-chan drunk or something, or did he just want to impress the cop? (laugh)
Cupidcomet77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I think he just did it for comic relief.
Morino5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
excuse my ignorance but, did "rocky" come up with that or is it a published poem?
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