It Could Be Verse

It Could Be Verse coverIt Could Be Verse

Submitter: Holy iambic pentameter, Batman!!  [Buono] is most famous for playing the villainous “King Tut” on the original Batman show in the 60s.  It’s from 1972 and our copy looks pretty worn, so it got tossed recently.  I am not sure how it lasted this long.

Holly: I love the title!  Too funny!  Here’s an exerpt: (and yes, Submitter, if it’s worn and old, I agree: time to weed this one!)

To My Muse


  1. That’s shocking! The truth revealed after all these years, Buono was a Vogon! Wonder if Batman knew.

  2. He was also Edward in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and the cannibal in Satisfaction Guaranteed from Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.

    Just had to point that out.

  3. I suppose you could say that Buono’s career went from bat to verse. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

    In all seriousness, I kind of like it. If the rest of the book has the same tongue-in-cheek, self deprecating sense of humor, it might make for a fun read.

  4. He also had a voice part in ‘Flight of Dragons’. Sorry I don’t know more about this guy. Meanwhile, that sounds like my Muse. 🙂

  5. More inappropriate barcode placement! I thought he was wearing a kilt/skirt the way that was stuck under his legs.

  6. From memory:

    Once I turned a somersault
    Quite near the San Andreas fault;
    Later, as I nursed my knee,
    A telegram arrived for me.
    The message part read, “Cool it, Victor.”
    The signature said: Dr. Richter.

    “Fat Man’s Prayer” is pretty funny too.

  7. Wikipedia says “Fat Man’s Prayer” was his most popular poem. Here it is now!

    I think that I shall never see… my feet.

    I think it only proper to end this portion of our discussion with a prayer.

    Lord, my soul is ripped with riot,
    Incited by my wicked diet.
    We are what we eat, said a wise old man,
    And Lord, if that’s true, I’m a garbage can!
    I want to rise on Judgment Day, that’s plain,
    But at my present weight, I’ll need a crane!

    So grant me strength that I may not fall
    Into the clutches of cholesterol.
    May my flesh with carrot curls be sated
    That my soul may be polyunsaturated.
    And show me the light that I may bear witness
    To the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

    At oleomargarine I’ll never mutter,
    For the road to hell is spread with butter.
    And cake is cursed, and cream is awful,
    And Satan is hiding in every waffle.
    Mephistopheles lurks in provolone,
    The devil is in each slice of bologna,
    Beelzebub is a chocolate drop,
    And Lucifer is a lollipop!

    Give me this day my daily slice –
    But cut it thin and toast it twice.
    I beg upon my dimpled knees,
    Deliver me from Jujubees.
    And my when days of trial are done
    And my war with malted milks is won,
    Let me stand with the saints in heaven
    In a shining robe – Size 37!

    I can do it, Lord, if you’ll show to me
    The virtues of lettuce and celery.
    If you’ll teach me the evils of mayonnaise,
    The sinfulness of hollandaise
    And pasta a la milanese
    And potatoes a la lyonaise
    And crisp fried chicken from the south!
    Lord, if you love me, SHUT MY MOUTH!

    Listen to Victor on YouTube:

  8. Aww, I love that old “Batman” show and I don’t even care who knows it!

    When I read the title of this book I cringed at how corny it was, but the sample poem was actually pretty funny.

  9. He made an album of verse for Dore Records called “Heavy!” in the early 70s. And he was hilarious on “the Odd Couple” attempting to get a ghost out of Oscar and Felix’ air conditioner.

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