Poem introduction

This is another poem with place names, and here all the are places up in the far North. I think it might be the strangest poem I've ever written, because do you know what it's about? A whole lot of Bundle-Buggies. A Bundle-Buggy is a one of those little carts you push around to keep your shopping in. But here the Bundle-Buggies dance the Bundle-Buggy Boogie to the rhythm of the places where they live. Listen...

BUNDLE-BUGGY BOOGIE

Well, way up north
On a fine bright day,
A bundle-buggy boogied
At the break of day.

It did the boogie-woogie here,
It did the boogie-woogie there,
It did the bundle-buggy boogie-woogie
Ev-er-y-where:

          Calabogie,
          Kapuskasing,
          Espanola,
          Atikokan;
          Manitoulin,
          Madawaska,
          Mindemoya,
          Moosonee!

Then another bundle-buggy
Did a boogie-woogie hop,
And another and another
In the bundle-boogie bop.

And it’s boogie-woogie high,
And it’s boogie-woogie low,
And it’s bundle-buggy boogie-woogie
Everywhere you go:

        Athabasca,
        Abitibi,
        Bona Vista,
        Malaspina;
        Bella Bella,
        Bella Coola,
        Batchawana,
        Baie Comeau!

 


from Jelly Belly (Macmillan of Canada, 1983), © Dennis Lee 1983, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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