Friday, December 28

2012 is Almost History - The Year in Poetic Review

Just when I thought I'd put the whole year to bed as far posting new stories is concerned, along came this unexpected poem in my email this morning. I shouldn't be surprised that Art Cashin  has poetry in his little bag of literary talents but I had never really thought about it. So it was a delightful discovery at the bottom of the stocking I thought I had already emptied on Christmas morning. I hope you all enjoy this entry as much as we did over our morning coffee today. 

Regular posting will resume after the holidays. Thanks for reading our offerings all year, we hope to continue to find interesting historical popcorn for you to snack on during 2013.
Happy New Year from Cheeky History.

By Art Cashin   

'Tis four days yet to New Year 
    but despite what you’re hopin’ 
The folks in the Board Room 
    say “the full eve we'll stay open” 

So we'll buy and we'll sell 
  as the tape crawls along 
And though "Bubbly's" verboten 
  we may still sing a song 

 Two Thousand and Twelve 
    had some spots of high hopes 
They may get fumbled away 
    by those Washington dopes 

The Prez and the Speaker 
    called each other a stiff 
Then went home for Christmas 
  as we slid toward that cliff 

But hold it a minute 
  they're all rushing back 
Yet a sense of good feeling 
  they still seem to lack 

We lost special people 
  as we seem to each year 
It just makes us treasure 
  each one that’s still here 

   Jack Klugman's messy Oscar 
  finally picked up his stuff 
Even Dick Clark, thought eternal,   
  said that he'd had enough 
Andy Williams, "Mr. Christmas", 
  took his act up on high 
And now Vidal Sassoon   
  just blows angel's hair dry

Neil Armstrong who once gave us 
  a great leap for mankind 
Joined Sally Ride for a trip 
  to the deepest space they could find 

Whitney Houston joined angels 
  to sing a heavenly song 
Rodney King followed after 
  we're sure he'll just get along 

Larry Hagman, of Dallas 
  who dreamt of Jeannie before 
Joined McCale's Ernie Borgnine 
  on that celestial shore 

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gee's 
  and the Monkees Davy Jones 
Left behind their gold records 
  and ascended some thrones 

Now Mayberry's Sheriff 
  Andy Griffith is gone  
And Fang's wife, Phyllis Diller 
  has also moved on 

Harold Hill – a "Goodfella" 
  has pulled his last job 
He's in eternal protection 
  far away from the mob 

As Joe Paterno departed 
  his great record was stained 
Gone were decades of glory 
  just his silence remained 
There were whackos with weapons 
  temples and theaters they defiled 
And in a New England first grade 
  a madman murdered each child 

We all stood in horror 
  none could full comprehend 
We each hugged our kids closer 
  saying this madness must end 

We had droughts and wildfires   
  storms and floods by the score 
Seemed no region was spared 
  "climate change" claimed Al Gore 

The Prez got re-elected    
  not as close as some thought 
Donald Trump and some others 
  claimed the whole thing was bought 
YOLO is a text slogan   
  means you only live once 
But some folks abuse it   
  to act like a dunce 

All over the nation   
  women hurried to pay  
For three little volumes     
  about some Shades of Grey 

A Korean Rapper 
  got WEB hits by the pile 
As he waved and wiggled 
  in what he called Gangnam style 
Clint Eastwood debated 
  a small empty chair 
As most delegates wondered 
  just why he was there 

Facebook finally went public   
  its debut was a flop 
Nasdaq spewed out sell orders  
  that systems just wouldn't stop 

Shuttles went to museums 
  but we still reach for the stars 
We landed a Rover 
  quite safely on Mars  

Mitt went after Big Bird 
  Greek yogurt's a craze 
Taylor Swift and Adele 
  Keep young fans in a daze 

The Supremes threw a curve ball 
  on some Obamacare facts 
Where some saw a mandate   
   Roberts saw just a tax 

Prince Harry in Vegas 
   played strip Billiards, he said 
Friends quickly took pictures 
  but they were not of his head 
Lance was stripped of his titles   
  and Petraeus resigned 
Our heroes keep falling   
  and few new ones we find 

Let not this year's memories 
  of sadness or sleaze 
Disturb you this day 
  just give your heart ease 

Have faith that this New Year 
  will bring a new sign 
And believe in yourself 
   it will all work out fine 

Just lift up your spirits 
  and some fruit of the vine 
And kiss ye a loved one 
  and sing Auld Lange Syne 

And late Monday evening 
  as you watch the ball fall 
Wish yourself all the best  
  Happy New Year to All!!

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