The only Greek Irishman here on this planet!

Blair Gowrie By Blair Gowrie, 26th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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George and Kennedy visit Vince Giganti's hotel in Atlantic City and meet a world-famous celebrity.

from "The Adventures of George"

This was their destination, the famed Atlantic City,
The lair of their new friend, Vincent J. Galante.
They drove up to the hotel through manicured lawns,
Past an ornamental pool on which there were swans
And several flamingoes and statues of marble,
Fountains cascading, it all looked delightful.
On hand to greet them was the hotel’s General Manager,
All smiles of effusion as he greeted the travelers,
And escorted them up to the twenty-first floor,
A two-bedroomed suite for Kennedy and George,
And adjoining single rooms for the other two people,
All lavishly appointed with fresh fruit on the table,
Soft carpeting underfoot and a beautiful view
Of the ocean in front in a grey-greenish hue.
As for the suite it was luxurious perfection,
Every possible amenity there for selection,
And Kennedy, after looking around in some wonder,
Announced that he needed a drink which was amber,
And on opening the fridge saw to his delight
Beer by the bottle, and then catching sight
Of his favourite tipple, the famed Guinness Stout,
Reached in his hand and pulled the bottle out,
Uncapped it, sniffed it and poured out a glass,
Downed it in a second, and pronounced it first class!
A call was received inviting them to lunch
At Vincent’s exclusive top-floor penthouse,
So George told Kennedy no more beer before the occasion
Or he’d be unable to conduct a polite conversation.
All four went up to the top of the building
Obtaining a magnificent view of the surroundings,
But on venturing out on the rooftop balcony
Were met with a powerful wind from the sea.
They entered an elegantly furnished dining-room
Finding that Vincent had company, he wasn’t alone.
“I assume” said he “that you must know my friend,
Because his photos are printed almost without end
In newspapers, magazines and on T.V.
In fact, he’s a world-famous celebrity.
He’s Stavros Onassos, and you’d better believe it,
He’s the only Greek Irishman here on this planet!

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author avatar Denise O
26th Aug 2011 (#)

Well written. You paint such a vivid picture. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Aug 2011 (#)

Great great poem. Same cadence as Bob Dylan's The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol. I was singing the lines to that music's melody, and it fit perfectly. You're good, my friend, really good.

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author avatar Blair Gowrie
19th Sep 2015 (#)

I have now re-published my story (The Adventures of George) in full, on Amazon, so for a good read and a good laugh this is where you should go.

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