The Old Man and the Seine


The Old Man and the Seine
 
      For the legendary George Whitman
              (1912 – December 13, 2011)

 
King George peered out of the oval of the hollow mile
   And caught the Hunchback ogling Gina Lollobrigida;
Victor Hugo sat engrossed in his séance at Guernsey Isle
   Feigning he would hold back the Cervantes Armada;
So witty Ol’ Walt sat on the lip of Notre Dame bridge
   Scuffing overgrown grass with his heels in the Seine
But his beard got caught in Quijote’s wordy porridge:
   That’s why they say he set up shop in Butcher’s Lane.
The Master of Ol’ Vic took exception to this affront
   And shook his spear such that it stirred a tsunami
From the Thames down the Chunnel to the front
   Of Tumbleweed Hotel’s Shakespeare & Company.
Now you know why King George kept his window shut
All through the century keeping no eye even half shut.  

(c) T. Wignesan – Paris. From the collection: Poems Omega Plus, 2005; rev. 2012.

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