ANGELA & BRIAN

THE UMBRELLA MAN ~ A 3 8 3 ACROSTIC SONNET



 

T HE UMBRELLA MAN ~ Is a dying breed

H is Gamp is black - His Suit - His Bowler Hat

Each weekend He is on the LINKS in TWEED !

 

U MBRELLA MAN - like my Great-Grandpa JULIAN

M eet Him today - folk would all say

B limy that chap*s Antideluvian !

R etro style - it makes one smile

E xcept Pawnbroker SOLLY

L ooks like the Ghost from Christmas Past

L ike a true Edwardian  Black Suit & Hat & BROLLY !

A nd should COVID spark it - Black Toilet Rolls - Black Market 

 

M ans transport has evolved - from Hobby Horse to Jaguars

A Banana Leaf held high - to keep him dry

N OW much more smart - Black Rolled-up PARAGUAS!

 

Even when I was young (1980s) - some Businessmen still carried rolled UMBRELLAS - but one seldom sees them today ! If they have a Brolly it is a Mini Foldup Model - carried in the pocket or briefcase ! Some Ladies still have a Brolly but seldom BLACK !   PARAGUAS is a Spanish Word ~ Against the Waters as is the French - PARAPLUIE ~ Against the Rain. The German REGENSCHIRM = RAIN SCREEN.  The linguisitic origin of the English Word UMBRELLA is from the LATIN - UMBRA = SHADE ! So an UMBRELLA can be A RAIN SHADE or A SUN SHADE - PARASOL (Spanish = Against the Sun !).  The photo with the Poem is of Mr & Mrs Neville Chamberlain. He was UK Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940. As an English Gentleman he always carried a tightly rolled UMBRELLA and Hitler is reputed to have made Jokes about it ! 

Chamberlain tragt immer einen Regenschirm fur die Fall - das Grossbritannien einen Sturm uberhalt ist !

Chamberlain always carries an Umbrella in case - Great Britain is invaded by a Storm !      

Comments5

  • Goldfinch60

    Back in the day I used to be a suited and booted umbrella man, never wore a bowler hat though.

    Andy

    • ANGELA & BRIAN

      BRIAN here - Thanks for your comment UNCLE ANDY ~ Formal wear seems to have gone out of the WINDOW especially TIES ! I for one regret this as I have a good collection and I think a Shirt & Tie lends an air of respectibility an Open Kecked Shirt always looks very casual. The BOWLER hat (and the HOMBURG !) seem to have dissappeared without trace !

      Blessings & Peace to You & Yours
      Love Brian & Angela 💛💛💛💛💛

    • Michael Edwards

      Me too with striped trousers when I first took up law - it was part of the 'uniform' in central London.

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        Thnaks UNCLE MIKE ! Brian here. The Mornin Suit & the Old School Tie & monogrammed briefcase was de rigeur for certain professions. I lke ties and I think men look *unprofessional* without one ! I dont always wear a tie for work but I always do for *meetings* *esepcially if Im Chairing and for Interviews - Staff Appraisal etc.

        Blessings to You & Yours
        Love Brian & Angela 💛💛💛

        • Michael Edwards

          I'm with you on the tie - as for interviews it reminds me of my son who is Vice President of a large international conglomerate on a ridiculous salary. When he interviews he tell the candidate a bit of his background ( where he comes from, his parents, his hobbies, his choice of music etc ) then says to the candidate 'Now tell me a bit about yourself' This puts the candidate at ease and he learns so much more as a result of this bit of prompting. But he never wears a tie!!

        • orchidee

          Good write A&B. You got your regenschirm at the ready? Bit of French there?!

          • ANGELA & BRIAN

            GOOD EVENING ~ Uncle Steve thanks for an encouraging comment ! Languages have always intrigued us so it is good for the Word Umbrella to see how it means the same *A shade or Screen against the Rain* in several different European languages. It could be the basis of Poemfor each line beginning with a different word for UMBRELLA - such as OMBRELLO (Itallian - OK !)

            Blessings to You & Your Multilingual Mutt
            Spirit Love ANGELA & BRIAN & SMOKEY !

          • The Uneducated O.A.P

            Hi both, I think umbrella man, then look in the mirror and see Worzel Gummage! Love the style, but maybe not today, stay safe, Bill

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              Good Evening UOAP _ Brian here - Thanks for our incisive comment. YES I think the *Chamberlain style of Dress* disappeared in the 1950s never to Appear again .

              Yours BRIAN & ANGELA 💛💛💛

            • MaddieJ

              I love this! Gives me a striking imagine of the UMBRELLA MAN. Great write! Very entertaining as well.

              • ANGELA & BRIAN

                Brian here - Good Evening Maddie - Thanks for your comment pleased you enjoyed it ! In my opinion the 21st C lacks style !

                Yours Brian & Angela 💛💛💛

                • MaddieJ

                  Oh I agree so much which is why I dress in vintage style!



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