Take a deep breath – approaching a run-on and on sentence:

Willowdot’s on-going tale of Morgana, Merlin and now joined by Morgause (see Willowdot’s blog and photo prompts @ #writephoto by KL Caley), Willodot’s mention of misheard lyrics (in response to Linda Hill’s SoCS 4 December), plus the up-coming festive season all combined to make me think of Walt Kelly’s Pogo and the seasonal song sung by the inhabitants of Okefenokee Swamp.

Deck us all with Boston Charlie
Walla walla, Wash., an’ Kalamazoo!
Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley’garoo!
Don’t we know archaic barrel
Lullaby lilla boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don’t love Harold
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly
Polly welly cracker n’ too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol
Antelope Cantaloup, ‘lope with you!

Hunky Dory’s pop is lolly gaggin’ on the wagon
Willy, folly go through!
Chollie’s collie barks at Barrow
Harum scarum five alarum bung-a-loo!

Duck us all in bowls of barley
Ninky dinky dink an’ polly voo!
Chilly Filly’s name is Chollie
Chollie Filly’s jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, Woof, Woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, Goof, Goof!

Pogo was a favourite of my father. Walt Kelly layered his strip so that both children and adults could enjoy it. The strip ran from 1948 to 1975 and was wildly popular.

“At its peak, Walt Kelly’s possum [Pogo] appeared in nearly 500 newspapers in 14 countries. Pogo’s exploits were collected into more than four dozen books, which collectively sold close to 30 million copies. Pogo already had had a successful life in comic books, previous to syndication. The increased visibility of the newspaper strip and popular trade paperback titles allowed Kelly’s characters to branch into other media, such as television, children’s records, and even a theatrical film. Wikipedia

Reading my husband’s collection of the strip (saved by him and various older brothers) as an adult made me appreciate Kelly on a whole new level. I got why my father and I shared a love of the strip.