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Going Dutch

Going Dutch

                                  When they come for me,
                                   tell them I'm not here.
                                   Say I've moved.
                                   Say, if you like,
                                   that I live at the Tate
                                   (Modern or Britain is immaterial).
                                   When pressed, be vague.
                                    Say you might have overheard me mutter
                                    something about the National.
                                    Scandalize them - say I'm sunbathing nude
                                     with a bunch of Rubenesque belles,
                                     or I'm babysitting for Mary
                                     while she whips off down to the market
                                     to pick up a new blue robe.
                                     Say I've bunked off to Venice
                                     for the carnival with Tiepolo.
                                     Bore them to death with a lecture
                                     on pointillism or chiaroscuro.
                                     But whatever you do,
                                     don't mention sunflowers,
                                     or little yellow chairs
                                     or they'll catch me
                                     skiing down the sides of wavy cypresses,
                                     or whooping it up
                                     with a crowd of golden stars!

                                                             Margaret Clerici

                                     with a crowd of golden stars!

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  1. Date: 3/18/2014 3:27:00 PM
    Can't believe I'm only just discovering these poems...but so glad I have!! Can absolutely hear your playfulness and humor when I read Washday and Going the images in Plate Glass. I feel almost as if I can see/hear Malta in Roundel...where can I read more?

  1. Date: 11/13/2009 4:58:00 AM
    Love the last three lines. Keep writing. Sara