Something a bit more revealing with these next 3….or perhaps, more confusing.
I’ve mentioned the name, Morena LaBorde, is written in the back of the book…
Well this is the first piece where I see that name mentioned.
You can look for yourself and tell me what you think.
To My Boss
When the dew is on the roses
when my day’s work closes
and the grass is peeping through
I’ll be thinking dear, of you.
Of course I never see the roses,
and my day’s work never closes,
and the grass is just a dream,
‘Cause Morena, the salve is my theme.
I work in a War Plant for defense,
my button is yellow and orange, no need for pretense,
behind a typewriter you’ll find me,
slaving away at the CVAC.
Where the Red Button gets all the gravy,
they set their hair to make it wavy,
they prop their feet upon their desks,
while the rest of us do all the tasks.
But there is just one thing
I’d like to explain
that the Red Buttons don’t do sloppy
it’s shoot the bull, pass the buck, and say, “Make 6 carbon copies!”
So this!! an all too familiar commentary on workplace ethics by “those in charge”
The references to Red Buttons and Yellow Buttons, are no doubt designations between supervisors and workers.
CVAC is Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation….and there are w2 pay stubs that came along with the book for that company that are for that company and the name is M.M.Laborde
So even though Morena was mentioned in the poem…could she be talking about herself here? Or is this something that Abel wrote about here? I’ll be honest. I don’t understand the reference to her either…
The next two poems are confusing too…because the first is spoken from a male perspective and the 2nd from a female perspective AND THEY BOTH HAVE THE SAME TITLE! 😉
I wanta be like the sun,
Bright as the devil,
wanta be from the South,
be called a Rebel.
I want Shakespeare’s line
and all that stuff,
Woo, like Romeo,
as a caveman rough.
I wanta live in a Mansion,
Draw Henry Ford’s salary,
have a Cadillac for a car
Petty’s Art Gallery.
I wan Bing Crosby’s Voice,
Clark Gable’s looks,
and be the first on your books!
so this speaker (not the poet, necessarily) is a man…but this:
Don’t wanta be famous
Beautiful or smart
Don’t wanta be the idol
of everyman’s heart
Don’t wanta be an “Oomph, Girl”
Like little Ann
Or Gypsy Rose Lee
Behind a fan.
Don’t wanta be a career girl
who gives her boss a whirl
don’t wanta be a bathing beauty
or even a WAAC, the call of duty.
All I want is a little nest
Eleven boys and the rest
to have a home that is sweet
and you by my side
to make everything complete
…is decidedly female. *frustrated sigh*
So some references in here you may not understand:
Oomph Girl – a very sexually attractive woman, and the term is credited to Ann Sheridan..and after seeing pictures of her, I believe I would be inclined to utter an “Oomph!”
Gypsy Rose Lee – An American Burlesque Entertainer, also a very sexually attractive woman…who I would absolutely be inclined to utter an “Oomph!” about.
WAAC – Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps – the women’s division of the army during WW2 and a major part of our War Time Production facilities…they are responsible for building and assembling most of the planes, ships and ground vehicles as well as ammunition and supplies.
So, Dear Friends…I am no closer ( I believe) to understanding whose journal this is…Maybe we’ll get lucky with the next few?
Thank you for being here!