Sunday, March 23, 2014

At The Ramsey Opera House

Bathing beauties with bee sting lips,
a string quartet,
a man that fits in a steamer trunk
despite being seven feet tall.

Some bump and grind,
a natural freak
(she eats broken glass!).
Plenty of seats; bring the family.
Come one, come all!

Of course, you could go
to visit our rival
or get warnings of hell at the tent revival
and try to blunt the urge
to sample our sights.

But addition is math,
and call is a science.
Response is effect;
the cause is our sirens,
leggy and loose;
see you Saturday night!

In the 1910s, the Ramsey Opera House brought vaudeville shows to Lawton, Oklahoma.  The Ramsey was operated by Henry and Anna Bell Cassin.  Raised on vaudeville, the Cassin's young daughter, Lucille, dreamed of taking the stage herself one day.  Lucille grew up and became known as Joan Crawford.

The Sunday Whirl words for Poetry Pantry.


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Of course you'll see me there! Wouldn't miss the show for anything!

Raven Quartet

R.K. Garon said...

Excellent! wonderful reading.
ZQ a town nearby they finally have the old "Franklin (NH) Opera House" functioning and supporting all kinds of "acts". It's awesome.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

You capture it vividly. Cool about Joan Crawford.

Susan said...

From expected to new math, a rip roaring advertisement!

Fireblossom said...

No wire hangers. EVER!

Belva Rae Staples said...

This is entertaining, vaudevillian, in fact! Love it!

Mary said...

Very satisfying and creative wordle!

oldegg said...

I cannot hear the name Joan Crawford without recalling the chilling film "What ever happened to Baby Jane?" with Bette Davis. What a great trigger to the memory your post is.

Anonymous said...

Sheezus, you sure wield lots of bats when hitting words out of the park. Cinema owes its oomph to vaudeville, the way poetry stands on shamanic shoulders. Sure, we could stray elsewhere, but the final stanza here lassos all us gawkers in for the really big shew. Great work MZ.

Jae Rose said...

I am not an expert but your imagery..and the feeling if what you describe is a bit like steampunk..very evocative

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Quite a fun read. Excellent.

Lorraine Renaud said...

Holy Wow that's one for the books love every words even before I got to Joan Crawfor, Bravo Mama Zen you say it everytime, and no one can beat you!

Anonymous said...

You had me with the first stanza!

Kim Nelson said...

And now I'm ready to enter the tent!

Anonymous said...

Great capture of a bygone era. Fun and informative read. And good notes to boot...


J Cosmo Newbery said...

What a great take on the prompt! Really really good.