On Fri, 27 Oct 2006 05:36:46 +0200, Steve Hayes
Post by Steve Hayes Post by Nancy Pi Squared
What is the stick called that a vagrant ties the red & white polka dot
It's not in my dictionary, but it's the word that comes to mind.
The man, not the bindle that he carries.
From the poem "Bindlestiff" by Edwin Ford Piper:
The mesh of leafy branches rustled loud,
Into the road slid Bindlestiff. Youve seen
The like of the traveller: gaunt humanity
In stained and broken coat, with untrimmed hedge 35
Of rusty beard and curling sunburnt hair;
His hat, once white, a dull uncertain cone;
His leathery hands and cheeks, his bright blue eyes
That always see new faces and strange dogs;
His mouth that laughs at life and at himself.
and another verse that speaks of the bindle:
Bindlestiff topped a hillock, against the sky 55
Showed stick and bundle with his extra shoes
Jauntily dangling. Bird to bird once more
Made low sweet answer; in the wild rose cups
The bee found yellow meal; all softly moved
The white and purple morning-glory bells 60
As on the gently rustling hedgetop leaves
The suns face rested. Bindlestiff was gone.