Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Here you will find the Poem The Logical Vegetarian of poet Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Logical Vegetarian

"Why shouldn't I have a purely vegetarian drink? Why shouldn't I take vegetables in their highest form, so to speak? The modest vegetarians ought to stick to wine or beer, plain vegetable drinks, instead of filling their goblets with the blood of bulls and elephants, as all conventional meat-eaters do, I suppose"--Dalroy.

 You will find me drinking rum,
 Like a sailor in a slum,
You will find me drinking beer like a Bavarian
 You will find me drinking gin
 In the lowest kind of inn
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.

 So I cleared the inn of wine,
 And I tried to climb the sign,
And I tried to hail the constable as "Marion."
 But he said I couldn't speak,
 And he bowled me to the Beak
Because I was a Happy Vegetarian.

 Oh, I know a Doctor Gluck,
 And his nose it had a hook,
And his attitudes were anything but Aryan;
 So I gave him all the pork
 That I had, upon a fork
Because I am myself a Vegetarian.

 I am silent in the Club,
 I am silent in the pub.,
I am silent on a bally peak in Darien;
 For I stuff away for life
 Shoving peas in with a knife,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.

 No more the milk of cows
 Shall pollute my private house
Than the milk of the wild mares of the Barbarian
 I will stick to port and sherry,
 For they are so very, very,
So very, very, very, Vegetarian.