This is one of my favorite poems from my book of poetry and prose "A Little Something." You can learn more about this book and how to purchase it by clicking the link to the right of this page. Thanks. I hope you enjoy it.
MISTER DUCHNOWSKI’S BEAN SUPPERS
The majority of my friends, and myself, spent the most of our young adult lives ... looking for love in all of the wrong places. I don’t think that we knew what we were doing. I don’t think that we realized that we were looking for love. But that is what we were doing. That is what we are all doing ... no matter how we express or try to deny it. That is what we are doing. Mister Duchnowski was the dad of one of my bosom lifelong buddies. Every time that we saw him, he had the same advice for us. We had heard his advice so many times, that we knew his lecture by heart. We were always respectful to Mister D., but for the most part we thought of him as somewhat odd. I think that he knew what we thought, but he continued to give us the same speech nevertheless. There were times when we just laughed. We never took him seriously. We never really listened to his well intended lecture. And, we never followed his advice. Today, Mister Duchnowski is no longer with us, but I can still see him smiling, his teeth back home on the bureau soaking in a glass, his stained, flat-topped golf cap stationed askew atop his wavy gray, and those Polish eyes sparkling sincerely and hopefully as he offered to us his best thought considerations with regards to our future love life. I still smile as I hear his voice, but now that I am the age that he was then, I have to think twice about what he was trying to say to us. I don’t think that we should have been laughing. Here’s to you Mister D; and here’s Mister D to the all of you.
MR. DUCHNOWSKI’S BEAN SUPPERS
Listen to me ... listen to me! You guys is entirely on the wrong track, ya see.
Skip the nightclubs, the booze, and the dim lights. Take yourself down to a church bean supper one of these nights.
The prettiest girls that you have ever seen, Are right there in the line, spoonin’ out the beans.
I know, I know, you think that I’m old and outta my mind, But believe me, at them ham and bean suppers Are the prettiest girls that you’ll ever find.
You wouldn’t believe the girl last night Slicin’ up the German rye. It gave ten years back to my life Just to see that sweet look in her eye.
And next to her, with the Polish Kielbasey, Was an Italian girl by the name of Bonacarsee.
That dark hair and olive skin ... she could a been a movie star. And there you guys are, down some dive or two bit bar.
What do you think you’re gonna meet down there? You guys are missin’ it, I’m tellin’ ya ... but I don’t care.
My life’s over. It’s no matter to me. But if it’s beautiful girls that you’re lookin’ for Them bean suppers is where you oughta be. That’s right! That’s right!
Oh yeah, you can laugh all you want, But them church bean suppers Are the places you guys oughta haunt. The prettiest girls that I’ve ever seen, Spoonin’ out pork ‘n beans like outta some dream.
You guys is just missin’ the boat. Why it puts a lump right here in my throat To think if I was you guy-es age, I’ll tell ya, I wouldn’t be watchin’ some nude-y Dancin’ in some cage.
I’d be down to one of them bean suppers, in a rush Tryin’ to steal a smile or pinch a blush From one of them lovelies with sauce on her apron, And bread flour smearin’ her chest.
Take it from me, it’s at them bean suppers Where the girls are the best.
You can leave it behind ... you can forget all the rest, Try one of them church bean suppers
And then you tell me if them girls ain’t the best. That’s right! That’s right! You try one of them bean suppers some night. Then you come back and tell me if old Mr. Duchnowski Didn’t tell ya what’s right.
You just try one of them bean suppers some night And see if what I tell you ain’t right.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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