[Editor: This poem by Joseph Furphy was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).]
Deem not this wielder of this pen
The happiest bloque alive,
For I am only five-foot-ten,
And ye are ten-foot-five.
Wherefore I clothe myself in jute,
And likewise softly go,
Like that historical galoot
Whose tale you surely know.
K. B. [Kate Baker] (editor), The Poems of Joseph Furphy, Melbourne: Lothian Book Publishing Co., 1916, page 37
bloque = bloke; man, chap, fellow
galoot = someone (usually a male) who is foolish, stupid, awkward, or clumsy; can be used in an affectionate manner, such as “ya daft galoot”
jute = a rough fiber used for making matting, sacking, and rope (may also refer to the plants from which the fiber is obtained)
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