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The Bob Hope Suite

October 17, 2014


the third floor of Victoria’s
Empress Hotel boasts
the Bob Hope Suite

with Halloween approaching
I hoped the halls would echo
with soft sounds of
laughter and applause

and very far away from
somewhere there’d come
the faint strains of
“Thanks For The Memories”

amidst all the silence
only one joke reverberated
through my mind’s ear
I heard it decades ago
when I saw him perform

“An Asian man walked into an
optometrist’s office for first time
and during the evaluation he was asked
“Do you have a cataract?”
the man replied
“No, I have a Rincoln Continental”

all these many years later
I wonder if the ghosts of
old comedians concern themselves
with political correctness


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