Treasure Island

Stanley Cooper

(August 4th,1926 / New York City)

“Heavens to Betsy''


“Heavens to Betsy”, has prompted this question
What about Betsy caused this expression?
How did she rate this “promised-land” present?
This gift from the Gods so particularly pleasant

The Gods didn’t choose Renee, Helen or Mary
Nor did they choose Jeannie, Ellen or Carey.
Could the roll of the dice of seven elevens
Be what gave Betsy the gift of the heavens?

Seven elevens, not lucky for most
Causes most gamblers to end up as toast
But some way or other, not clear to us mortals
Dice rolling Betsy streaked on through heavens’ portals

Submitted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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  • Don Mcwilliams (3/4/2008 1:36:00 PM)

    For every Heavenly Betty there is a Typhoid Mary. Thanks for sharing some amusing musings...

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  • Ernestine Northover (10/31/2007 1:05:00 PM)

    I suppose it was on the cards, Stanley. Another expression we used to use, was 'Heavens to Murgatroyd' but there is no answer to this one, I'm pretty sure. I think it was better to say this, than to swear! ! ! ! ! I worked with a Seven Day Adventist, so swearing was out, in our office. Sayings are great things though.
    Great poem too.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

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