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Pago Pago

By the Shores of Pago Pago by Eve Merriam

Mama's cooking pots of couscous,
Papa's in the pawpaw patch,
Bebe feeds the motmot bird,
and I the aye-aye in its cage,

Deedee's drinking cups of cocoa,
while he's painting dada-style,
Gigi's munching on a bonbon
(getting tartar on her teeth),

Toto's drumming on a tom-tom,
Fifi's kicking up a can-can,
Jojo's only feeling so-so
and looking deader than a dodo,

Mimi's dressing in a muumuu,
Nana's bouncing with her yo-yo,
stirring batter for a baba,
Zaza doesn't make a murmur,

Kiki hopes her juju beads
will help to ward off tsetse flies,
Lulu's looking very chichi
in a tutu trimmed with froufrou:

does all this mean our family's cuckoo?

Heard this on Writer's Almanac today.

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weather_fan
Jan. 6th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Just for the sake of saying it, WBHM doesn't carry Writer's Almanac. I heard it only one, while on vacation last summer, on Pensacola's WUWF. It's an okay segment, but a little too folksy for my mornings.
silverdee
Jan. 7th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
It comes on in the afternoon on my station. It's a nice mental health break during work to hear Garrison talk about authors' lives and read poetry. Gets my mind off dull numbers for a few minutes.
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