Duncan’s Ledger: Those Deadly Pies

A poem my grandfather wrote down in his ledger while sitting around a campfire or a bunkhouse with other cowboys about 100 years ago, which gives us some humorous insight into the anonymous author’s experience with food preservation!

Those Deadly Pies

I loathe, abhor, detest, despise,

abominable dried apple pies.

I like good bread, I like good meat,

or anything that’s good to eat;

but of all poor grub beneath the skies,

the poorest is dried apple pies.

The farmer takes his gnarliest fruit,

’tis wormy, bitter and hard to boot.

They leave the hulls to make me cough,

and don’t take half the peelings off.

Then on a dirty cord ’tis strung,

and in a garret window hung.

And there it serves a rest for flies,

until it’s made up into pies.

Tread on my corns and tell me lies,

but don’t pass me dried apple pies!

7 Responses to Duncan’s Ledger: Those Deadly Pies

  1. C. Beth says:

    Ew! I’d like to take this moment to express my thankfulness for supermarkets and refrigerators!!

  2. Sandra says:

    Me too, Beth! 🙂

  3. Chrissy Witt says:

    I’m catching up!! I’ve missed so much, there’s so much going on for you right now!
    This poem is sooo gross! I find it funny that this is what he found to write a poem about, but then again, if you just want good food and can’t get any, it makes sense! lol!! I love the post about hubby and his mom and the apron strings! Whew, glad I’m caught up..hope you are doing very very well!

  4. Nezzy says:

    MMMmmmmm, I haven’t had a dried apple pie in years…guess what I’m cravin’ now!

    Ya’ll have a terrifically blessed day!!!

  5. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — I wonder if poetry didn’t figure much larger in lives back then. I just don’t think there were many ways to entertain yourself, so writing poems about just about anything was “fun” — both in the writing and the reciting. And, of course, memorizing and reciting what others had written too! I’m hoping that’s exactly the reason reading the poems he wrote down will be interesting for those of us today — so different than now.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the apron strings. 🙂

    Nezzy — I’m sure that they weren’t ALL bad, even back then. The guy who wrote the poem must have just had a particular aversion to them! 🙂

  6. supagran says:

    I think Grandpa would have liked Nigella! 🙂

  7. Sandra says:

    Supa — Is that Nigella the chef or is Nigella a food specialty in South Africa?

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