Feb 26, 2012

Magpie Tales#106

25 years ago last week, we said Farewell to a leading protagonist of "pop" art. Now Tess  at Willow Manor gives us this memento picture.

It's Mr. Warhol himself, I do declare.  Is he looking for cans of his favourite model?




In Wal-Mart an artist called Andy
thought "Two pairs of hands would be handy.
Seems that I'm doomed to fail
in my search for oxtail,
'cos each one of these is tomayto!" (*)

(*) I have spelled it as it is pronounced in the USA.  Otherwise it wouldn't rhyme properly.  Someone, somewhere will understand . . . 

53 comments:

  1. Lovely! We both decided to feature Andy I see! But not sure that tomayto (or tomato) rhymes with handy? Explain,please!

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    1. Dash it all, Frances! You're right. How silly of me. Ah well . . back to the drawing board.

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    2. Dear Dr. FTSE: Haha~! A Riot~!!! Layers of soupy meaning~!!!"tomayto"...

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  2. Hmm. Is oxtail soup REALLY made with ox tails.....?
    ;)

    Fun write!

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  3. Listen, Innry Iggins, we'll 'ave none ah that ayeglass talk! No we won't! Fun one, and as for that British vs American accent stuff: Just give me a bowl of tomahto soup and a tall glass of cold milk!

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  4. I like it as is... rhyme or no rhyme.

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  5. Tomatoes,tomayto ah well! I like it any color as long as it is red! It may sound different!

    Hank

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  6. Well it SCANS, OK, never mind the non-existent rhyme, Doc. :)

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  7. And so many really inappropriate words could have rhymed here!

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  8. I've just read through the comments to see what the tomato soup rhyme is all about.
    I'm heartbroken that nobody's got it. Neither have I.

    Are you still at the drawing board?

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    1. Friko, you restore my faith in human nature- if not the Doc's rhyming pattern...

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    2. JInksy, Friko, Jane et al. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of lines of poetry magpied every week that don't rhyme. Why all the fuss when FTSE slips in a curve ball?

      However . . since you insist, here's a revised last line

      " . . . . . . . . oxtail
      That's the broth that makes Andy feel xxxxy"
      (Jane - you tell them. I bet that's one you'd thought of.)

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    3. OR he could say
      "I shall give up, and settle for shandy"

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    4. Indeed he could! Or, if there were any Mennonites in the store (see Tess's Magpie) who might object to unrestrained drinking, we could have
      "I shall give up and buy me some candy."

      (That's candy small "c". Not Candy in the fishnets and red hotpants works down the seedy end of the store . . )

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    5. As long as he's not buying sweeties from a Candy Man...

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  9. Of course, 'two may toe' (to toe) to play footsie, Doctor FTSE...

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    1. So that's what you and Ada get up to after the market closes, is it?

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  10. 'Allo!? I thought I commented, but apparently, I replied...Oh, well, that's Blogger for you...

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  11. If its tomayto and tomahto why is it not potayto and potahto??

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    1. No one will ever fully understand the mysteries of English spelling/pronunciation.
      The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw dreamed up the following.
      How do you pronounce the English word "GHOTI"?
      The answer is "FISH!" "GH" as in "cough" "O" is in "women" and "TI" as in "diction" etc.
      He argued for reform of English spelling, such that any grouping of letters always made the same spoken sound - as in German and other sensible languages.

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  12. I came for a visit and now I am so confused about rhyming, about how to speak, about pop art and soup in general, not to mention potatoes and tomatoes.... I give up!!! And where on earth did you see Mennonites in hot pants, Dr.? Was that at the store in the prompt or Walmart? *shoulder shrugs*

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    1. Sorry Linda. Somewhere along the way my Blog Header has lost the warning "Caution - You Are About To Enter a Madhouse"

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    2. Thinks:0) Should I be worried that each time I pop by to read more comments, I feel at home?

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  13. pahs the mahshed potahtoes....hilariously silly!

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  14. Gosh ... now all this is getting very silly... you may continue!

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  15. And thereby hangs the tail, I suppose! great.

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    1. Yup just about rhymes- heh, heh. Thanks-

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    2. Dave- I thought the last line of a limerick was supposed to rhyme with the first? You are confusing me...

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    3. Jinsky, dear . . remember you're in FTSE's fantasy world

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    4. Is that the same a parallel universe, Doc? One in which I've morphed to Jinsky, perhaps?

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  16. Handy and Andy - it was just asking. I fell for that too, but couldn’t rid myself of the mental picture of pocket tissues!

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  17. Some do say Tomahto though, but what do they know? Would Oxtail be worth 10 mil. now? Just wondering...

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    1. It probably would be to the Ox who had it stolen from him...

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  18. thanks for turning off those new incredibly hard to de-code word verifications....I've done so also! Thanks for your kind remarks on my "Ode to Andy" and for pointing me towards looking up Edward Lear- I'd heard of him and read the Owl and Pussycat as a child- didn't know much about him til today!Gracias!

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  19. I understand! (They didn't have WalMarts back then, but a Wall-Mart sounds perfectly appropriate.) Very clever! (I think Oxtail would have been a bit heavy laden for pop--a funny idea in and of itself.) K.

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  20. Tail's off the ox,
    Soup's in the can
    Or in a box--
    Now, that's a plan.

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  21. I still like chicken noodle better. hehehe

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  22. i dont mind the pronunciation, all i know tomato is good for health... hehehe...

    JJRod'z

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  23. really liked what you did wsith this prompt...thanks for sharing

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  24. Ha, ha! This poem is quite witty indeed. Oh, no need for a "disclaimer" at the end. Rhyme or no rhyme, doesn't really matter, as you're the author, you can do whatever you wish.

    Thanks for stopping by my little humble blog today and leaving a comment. You certainly have an entertaining little place here. :)

    -Mara
    http://the-poetic-madame.blogspot.com

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  25. Toe-may-toe if you please. ;)
    rel

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  26. It's the colour that attracted him, I'm sure;tomato red in a red can - synchronicity.

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  27. Just how silly do you think our American accents are????
    Fun write, and all the more because of that! lol

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    1. I don't think they are any sillier than our Limey ones. (Exception . . George W. Bush always sounded pretty silly.) Ooerr! Now the Dept. of Homeland Paranoia will come for me . . .

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    2. Haha Doc...that's big brother for you...

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  28. Not only do I understand, but I approve. :-)

    Pearl

    p.s. I don't think, by the way, the Cream of Marilyn is legal in the U.S....

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  29. Do I hear a little snark about our diction in the states?
    This was a fun read...

    Wander

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  30. You say tomahto, I say tomayto--did you intend it to rhyme with fail?? (Thanks a bunch) "Two pair of hands would be handy"---HA!!! Thanks for the chuckles, Doc.

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