So dearly these people they loved their sun,
Their eternal youth and happy ends, their cowboy guns,
And on real-estate developing fast making mon-
But of water they had none,
And even others’ was bound to run
Out one day when they; not glum!
And not ever moving, not a one!
On this or that freeway
Ever-widening in the sun
Text and watercolor by William Eaton
Aficionados might also be interested in satires such as The American Flag is at Half-Mast Today; Carol, Rooney! Smoking? Gun; and La colère, c’est démodé, tu ne trouves pas ? (a.k.a. Anger is archaic, don’t you think?).
As regards California, one might also see the gentler limerick #142 in The Limericks, Part IV.
From the Presidio the Pacific . . .
While from Ocean Beach, San Diego, . . .
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[…] One might also see the rather more savage Ode to Southern Californians (Their Race is Run?). […]
You’re so right! Glad I don’t live out there in Los Angeles anymore! (I was there 1961-64.)
I had forgotten your Southern California adventure!