azure legs of the cock, etc.

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Jun 30 14:16:45 UTC 2006

I had some suggestions about these items in an earlier posting. Is this just 
a diplomatic way of saying that they don't make sense to you, or did you miss 

I read the azure legs to be veins.
I read the white patches to be skin.
I read the crystal eye to be precum.
I read the amber eye to be urine (or possibly semen).
I'm still not sure what to make of wortewale for either a rooster or a 
penis--even aftrer looking it up.

I grant you that some of these associations are a bit strained, but then the 
poem IS written by somebody who is comparing his penis to poultry--what can 
one expect?

In a message dated 6/30/06 9:50:31 AM, Berson at ATT.NET writes:

> At 6/29/2006 07:49 PM, JL wrote [excerpted]:
> >   Third. None of the various details in the lyric are obviously
> > inconsistent with the presumed double-entendre.
> Jonathan, can we have a learned dissertation on none of the details
> being "obviously inconsistent" with the unmentionable sense?  Most of
> them do not need explication, but I have wondered about:
> >his legs  be of azure
> >so gentil and so small
> [This can't be "blue balls".  What are the legs, and why azure?]
> >his spurs are of silver white
> >into  the wortewale
> [I suppose I can imagine "wortwale"--after looking it up!--but spurs
> of silver white?]
> >his eyes are of crystal
> >locked all in amber
> [More than one eye?]
> And what does "comen" signify in the first and second verses?
> ...
> >   To take a vaguely comparable modern example.  The heroine of the
> > Ian Fleming classic _Goldfinger_ is named "Pussy Galore."  Yep,
> > that's her name, and it was her name in the '64 movie too. In an
> > era when the sexual sense of Ms. Galore's Christian name was
> > ordinarily unutterable in a Hollywood film, was its presence a
> > Bawdy Joke or a Meaningless Accident ?
> Just as much of an accident as its use in "Are You Being Served".
> Joel
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