Monday, November 27, 2006

Poetic Avian Voluptuary

I picked up an old cookbook* that I found at Sammy's Antiques in Galien (my home town), Michigan, last month, and found this rather unusual poem with an avian theme that seems perfect for the season:
‘Tis sport to shoot at quail on toast
Or wing a chicken pie,
To ‘pepper’ snipe all broiled or roast,
Or pigeons on the fly;

But somehow it happens
Without rhyme or reason
That to ‘bag’ a biped
Is the ‘hit’ of the season.
The poem is untitled and without attribution. I’m still puzzling over the meaning of that last couplet.

* Practical recipe book compiled by Class Number Eighteen for the benefit of the First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City, Indiana. Published in 1902 by The Evening News.

2 Comments:

Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

"to bag a biped"???
Doesn't that mean shoot a person?
That would make for a rather creepy Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

That was my first thought, also. So I think they must be using "to bag" in a different context, such as "to get" the boy or girl of your choice, or something like that. Being as this is a church cookbook, they couldn't possibly have been suggesting that shooting a person is good, clean fun.

November 28, 2006 4:03 AM  

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