A crafty old soul picked a century ago,
Who stood proud for a cause from his head to his toe;
A gentleman’s manner, he would forever display,
From the time of his seeding to his ripe age today;
Standing tall with his top hat and distinguished black cane,
Donning a smile always friendly and never one vain;
With his monocle, spats and white gloves he was rare
Like the hard-working Virginians whose heritage he’d share,
He showed vast opportunity and became very dear,
As “peanut born and peanut bred” became the Suffolk High cheer;
Amedeo Obici from Planters, whose jobs changed the game,
With a city so grateful its babies saw light under his name.
So let’s have three cheers for Mr. Peanut, a stately mascot for sure
And a hero to so many seeking the way to endure.
— Thomas J. Kelly, Yorktown