I'm one quarter Irish and another quarter germ.
Plus a shilling of John Bull
and tuppence of the Scots
plus the final phennig of The Lost Jew.
the makers of a beggar
All past, all gone.
In resume, I'm residue
of Paul Brown, the inventor of
air motors for player pianos;
for non-players to riff the aires
by pumping pedals instead of keys.
inventor of the "wind motor", 1889
to scroll the paper music rolls
And from the tree, too, came a Pear-
son, my first cousin, twice removed.
He did much write in social sense
although his given name was Drew.
Drew Pearson, a journalist and novelist.
These ancestors ran short on cash;
you read their only farthing left,
impoverished in grace and rhyme,
left begging alms upon the street
and vending thoughts for very little
in a one-way free exchange.