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Category: Funny Cynicism Poems
       Classic humorous and funny poems using cynicism and a disdain for general opinion, as well as distrust of the intentions of others.

  WHAT'S IN A NAME  

In letters large upon the frame,
    That visitors might see,
The painter placed his humble name:
    O'Callaghan McGee.

And from Beersheba unto Dan,
    The critics with a nod
Exclaimed: "This painting Irishman
    Adores his native sod.

"His stout heart's patriotic flame
    There's naught on earth can quell;
He takes no wild romantic name
    To make his pictures sell!"

Then poets praise in sonnets neat
    His stroke so bold and free;
No parlour wall was thought complete
    That hadn't a McGee.

All patriots before McGee
    Threw lavishly their gold;
His works in the Academy
    Were very quickly sold.

His "Digging Clams at Barnegat,"
    His "When the Morning smiled,"
His "Seven Miles from Ararat,"
    His "Portrait of a Child,"

Were purchased in a single day
    And lauded as divine.--

             *             *             *             *             *

That night as in his atelier
    The artist sipped his wine,

And looked upon his gilded frames,
    He grinned from ear to ear:--
"They little think my real name's
    V. Stuyvesant De Vere!"

                             R. K. Munkittrick.


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