The Rag – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse De is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to write about paper.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Papered Poems

Photo: an archive shot of the now defunct Daily News located at Geordie Boy, Medium, this one from three years before I started as a newspaper boy.

“The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.” Tom Stoppard

The Rag

echoed loudly my call to ply 
the Daily, a jaundiced  rag,
a paper inked with salacious 
tones and local misery,
Jemimah's horse, of course,
baby names and some sordid
political scandal, I had it all at
$15.00 a week plus tips.

Copyright 2022 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


Filed under Free Verse, history, life, poem, Quadrille, quote

42 responses to “The Rag – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Great fun, Paul. I remember that headline!

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  2. De Jackson

    Oh, man. “a jaundiced rag” is FANTASTIC.

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  3. Reminds me of when my brother had a paper route (for the respectable paper in our area, not the rag).

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  4. As I remember those days of kids doing a paper route I remember early early early mornings sitting there stuffing papers in plastic to protect them from snow ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Sent from my iPhone


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  5. “Pay-p-urrr” brings back so many memories.


  6. Oh, the paper round! I remember it well…


  7. VJ

    A honourable start I’d say!

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  8. You delivered memories with this poem.

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  9. Great picture ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ Still remembering and a Special Tribute to great Moon Walkers ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ ๐ŸŽŠ

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  10. I remember the paper boys calling out ‘pay-p-urrr!’ in the streets of a busy city. I also remember exactly where I was when man first walked on the moon. Ahhhhh memories. Thanks Paul!

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  11. The good old days….a very nice snippet of nostalgia…

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  12. Paul, my brother had a paper route in the sixties delivering a weekly newspaper called “Grit” Your poem makes the job seem fun! โค

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  13. Ditto the comment above–my brother (in Massachusetts in the 60s) also delivered that weekly newspaper called “Grit”. I guess your poem and the call “Pay-purr ” is truly striking a chord around the world!

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  15. such a fun memory, Paul! โค

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  16. lync56

    This brought back nostalgic memories of a by gone era


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