Sunday, September 23, 2012

Magpie Tales 136: Sky King To The Rescue - An Ode To Pop Culture

good ol' boys and 
Sky King to the rescue...

those were razzamatazz and sex

alpha-male conquests joined and 

disjointed, bold and bellowing 

milestones of hunted fowl  and 

fair maidens; every boast flying 

higher than the others, than you,

than anyone else; beer-soaked 

nights in dancing cat houses

south of the border, slang-sung ditties 

like "calle matar, polla calle matar,

polla!"  she, her, the one at home, 

waiting in the chill of bedroom lights 

is just another booze-fueled reference

to "my ol'lady ain't goin' no whure."  

Flying Down, 2006, by David Salle 
Shared by Tess Kincaid

NOTE:  The Spanish line is from a popular novelty song that was played in the dance halls of Honduras when I was living there in 1975.  Its meaning shouldn't be translated in polite company. I'll just leave it to the readers' imagination, but it did have a reference to, um, "scoring", if you will, with a hot chick!  

Poem ©2012 R. Burnett Baker 


  1. oh dear...that's not the Sky King I watched
    and thats certainly not Penny!
    Maybe TV was different in NeW York than Chicago the 50's-early 60's
    But it gave me a chuckle....who else would remember Sky King?...but you? hee hee
    Honduras huh? Hope you had fun
    these works of art are getting crazier and crazier

    1. Suz, Penny stayed home on this one, and King was trying to save the macho man from himself! HAHA! I have no idea why I thought of this, and I hadn't thought of Sky King in decades! Loved that show as a kid!

  2. Sky King was my hero...I wanted to be your hip and edgy write Rick...

  3. Um, this is mighty good Rick! Like Tess, Sky King was a TV staple in our 1950s house. I wanted to be Penny ~~ Tess and I will have to duke it out!!

  4. Too clever for much more commenting. Well done