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Flanerie Downtown

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Flanerie Downtown

I breathe grey air in spaces in between,
And whisky stings my tongue and bides the time,
In steps I aimlessly record the scene,
And cherish my misanthropy sublime.

Wandering the streets and alleyways,
Of this downtown, wherever I may be,
No need for love suffocating my days,
Alone but free to lie with honesty.

I let my flanerie in verses sing,
Excited to report that everywhere,
The happy tattered P.I.G. is living,
“The great imperative” of Baudelaire!


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  1. Date: 1/17/2013 8:28:00 PM
    This is my 2nd favorite poem of yours. The number 1 spot is the one you wrote for me of course!

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:10:00 PM
    Nice to read your write this eve. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Lewis Avatar Michael F Lewis
    Date: 1/6/2013 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Debbie!
  1. Date: 12/25/2012 7:39:00 PM
    Congrats for your win. I don't know of Flanerie but found this an interesting poem!

    Lewis Avatar Michael F Lewis
    Date: 12/25/2012 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Andrea! Thank you for your congrats! Flanerie in an act committed by the Flanuer, which is someone that enjoys observing without necessarily participating. In this poem, I smoked my cigar, tasted my whiskey, made light of the loneliness, but was happy to report that the Public In General were all living life to the fullest, at least that day...in that spot. So much for the "learned astronomer's" explanation here.
  1. Date: 12/24/2012 5:41:00 AM
    Good morning, Michael,, A nice warm congratulations in Susan's "any new 12 Line Poem" Wishing you the best holidays to come. Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Love~LINDA

    Lewis Avatar Michael F Lewis
    Date: 12/25/2012 10:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Linda! And I hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas!
  1. Date: 12/23/2012 1:35:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning spot Michael xx

    Lewis Avatar Michael F Lewis
    Date: 12/25/2012 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Mandy! As this contest asked for whatever we were working on right then, I submitted this poem unfinished. It needs some polish and some grime. But that you again!