February 4, 2013

Last One! I PROMISE!

When it was determined that San Francisco and Baltimore would be playing each other in the Super Bowl, all sorts of bets were made between our two mayors, senators, congress-people and others. Amongst those who bet were novelists Armistead Maupin and Laura Lippman, who agreed to pen an ode to the others city upon losing the game. image

Herewith is the poem that Armistead Maupin wrote.

The Virtues of Baltimore (After Pondering Weak and Weary)

By Armistead Maupin

Who makes Baltimore so fine?

The Duchess of Windsor or Divine?image

Poe and his Raven or Mama Cass? image

The great John Waters or Ira Glass? image

Thurgood Marshall or Adrienne Rich?image Barry Levinson or – sonofabitch—image

That linebacker who took a stand

For marriage equality in Maryland?

I lift my glass with a way-to-go

To Brendon Ayanbadejo.image

The End!



  1. Meg--thanks for the Ravens posts especially this one and the one with the Baltimore symphony and friends. Armistead Maupin and Laura Lippman are both among my favorite authors and the poem is fun. Now how about Maupin doing a new "Tales of the City" set in B'more and Lippman moving Tess Monaghan to SF to solve a mystery or two?

  2. What a fabulous and fitting end to the greatest Superbowl of all times and the beginning of today's celebration at home.

    Sorry I can't sneak out of work and come up for the party but I know you'll keep us up to date.

    xo Jane

  3. love this! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  4. Love learning Baltimore history from you. And, Go Ravens-they were spectacular.

  5. Loved reading Armistead Maupin's ode to Baltimore - thanks! He remains one of my favorites.

  6. I love it! You always find such great things to post!!


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