ODOP: Old Danilo (2)

Came a day – bound to come – when Ivan found
He enjoyed vodka and girls even more
Than work, so he never did lift a hand again.
“Yah, lazybones!” snarled the overseer,
“You with your cards and carousing!”
And he tried to knock Ivan down. Ivan
Killed him and left the foreign king’s estate,
Scorning orders, and shouting behind him
These words: “I stomp the dust of slavery away,
And goodbye to bad dreams forever!”

Copyright 2010 Jobey George


1 Comment »

  1. Lelo said

    My kind of man. Except for the killing, scorning, and shouting, but these are really minor quibbles. Up with the vodka and the girls!

    If you can find it online, check out “The Carls of Dysart,” a great song by the Tannahill Weavers. It’s definitely worth finding a version with a glossary, since a little knowledge of Scots increases one’s enjoyment of the song exponentially.

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