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The Old Man and the Seine

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Poem in honour of George Whitman who passed away within twenty-four hours after I called, in vain, to see him.
He was the legendary owner of the Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. I knew him from 1976 onwards.

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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.

Copyright © T Wignesan

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  1. Date: 11/28/2012 7:23:00 PM
    cute one! Enjoyed. hugs, Catie :)

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    Date: 11/29/2012 1:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As usual, very many thanks for your profound thoughts. Wignesan