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A poem about wishing someone nothing well at all

Updated on May 27, 2013

Champs-Élysées

Holding true to mother's advice,
en lieu of something nice I'll
try to say nothing at all
about how my camera was

stolen from under my nose on
that same street which millions
of people around our rock dream of,
an iron sidewalk café sprawled at

their feet like some duck blind
for bipeds with menus they cannot
afford to read in their excited hands
as they watch the wildlife graze.

I'll hold my tongue with both hands
behind my back rather than wish
the person harm, painful misfortune
or carefully plotted malice such as

that which they traced in the air
with a friend before they swiped
my bag from beside my chair in a
restaurant with no service besides them.

I'm sure the fact they're bogged down somewhere
between Danté's Sixth and Seventh Circles,
Harpies feeding upon their eyes as the other
sinners laugh at the pigeon photos my son took

earlier that day has nothing to do with me and
isn't as much as a pale chalk expression of any
anger or hatred that may - or may - not bubble in my mind,
the cork firmly stopped in this new world millésimé.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      A wonderful souvenir of Paris Darrylm, the Champs-Elysees sketched on a napkin, and this magnificent poem written without malice (merde heads). Regards, snakeslane

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Never has anyone been "told off" in a more gentlemanly and poetic way! I had a good laugh with this. Too bad it was at your expense!

      voting up

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      Beth Perry 4 years ago from Tennesee

      How lovely!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sorry to hear your camera got riped off, but you drew a lovely picture....Enjoyed reading your hub !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Lakepoet 4 years ago

      Had a laugh at this, very entertaining Darrylm..look forward to more. Voted up

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Thank you all for your kind comments :-)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Very cleverly crafted poem. Very funny too.

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