viii. “O Gentle Soul! had you remain’d at hand,
Then could have I your game and fortune made!”
“Ah, Town,” (The Kid) “Your Destinations grand
Indeed did bend my Will, but I’m afraid
I never thought about my Family’s Trade.
Pop’s ‘knuckle down’? That wasn’t in my plan!”
Chicago counter’d, “Fail’d to make the grade!”
And so his inner dialog began;
Again he waded deep in what had hit the fan.
ix. “You came in Peace in 1968
On scholarship, Dad’s ca$h, the truth be told!”
“And yet I left (’tis Folly to relate)!
My academic status I had sold;
Fraternities, sororities got old.”
“On stage, in film, on Radio, TV
You made a reputation to uphold!”
“I win the world, Old Town, by Flattery!”
The poster Child was he for “All Is Vanity”!
x.Chicago spread her charms, commenc’d to Brag,
On how she’d satisfy his hungry Eye.
“I spend, like, *time*, ’cause *bread* is not my bag!
My bills are paid. Skip class . I gotta fly!
Why should I have to know The reason why?
Just sitting in the dark where all is well;
Them John Ford westerns, man! A natch-ral high!
Those Roger Corman cheapies cast their spell!
I wants to catch the flicks? I simply hops the El!”
xi. “Yeah, at the Clark downtown a double bill
Chang’d ev’ry day- such opportunities
To get an education – get my fill
Of Hollywood directors! Histories,
All talky, singing, dramas, mysteries,
Some bloodless revolutions, I recall …
Then, having sat in strange consistories All livelong day, I catch the train and all
To wash the dishes for the gals at Chapin Hall.”