Picnic or Yonder Comes the Blue


           "After a white reception in the crystal room of the Hotel
Kenmore, Mrs. George Eustic (Patricia Hays) and her husband
left on a wedding trip to the Pocono Mountains, Pa. They will
live in good old Noodleville." (Home.)

Where the friendly purple heart is.

           I like to do things. I like to eat, and things like that. I like
the things that go on around me. People are nice. And, really, I
like this place I live in. However, some people don't.

Sally doesn't.

           Sick at heart, the trembling girl shuddered at the words
that delivered her to this terrible horrible fate of the East.
"Nasty!" How could she escape from this oriental monster
into whose hands she had fallen—this strange man whose face
none had seen.

Smile!

It is only a little picture,
          In a little silver frame,
And across the back is written
          My darling mother's name.
                                                        (Valentine)

Pink and purple and orange ones with Venetian rose buds
Imported from Venetian
In eleven thrilling volumes

            I heard a shot—I saw him run—then I saw her fall—the
woman I love. My leg was broken—and my gun was gone! I had
only one thought—(tee! hee!)—his strange, astounding plots
must be avenged—he must die for a coward at my hands! He had
the courage of a lion and the cunning of a rat. He came running
towards me when—suddenly, I—

Ran.
Forgetting the ripped lace, $35, green violence, & free samples.

"I always run when I hear 3 rings!"

. . . and remember those swell picnics in Birch Grove?
 
Joe Brainard, "Picnic or Yonder Comes the Blue" from The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. Copyright © 2012 by Joe Brainard.  Reprinted by permission of The Library of America
Source: The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard (Library of America, 2012)
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