Treasure Island

T (no first name) Wignesan


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.

Submitted: Thursday, November 22, 2012

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