The Old Man And The Seine - Poem by T Wignesan
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.
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