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Why is that wanton gossip Fame
So dumb about this man's affairs?
Why do we titter at his name
Who come to buy his curious wares?

Here is a shop of wonderment.
From every land has come a prize;
Rich spices from the Orient,
And fruit that knew Italian skies,

And figs that ripened by the sea
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Bob Macchia 21 April 2013

Joyce Kilmers story of a deli owner who supplies his town with all the things they need to live. The rhyming is perfection and the poem tells a great story.

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Walterrean Salley 09 August 2012

Here is a brilliant piece with keen observation. Kilmer writes of a man who owns a delicatessen – a shop with amazing wares from around the world. The poet observes how shopman provides food for many a table, but is never acknowledged. But the shopman doesn’t seek to be acknowledged. Instead, he has his priorities right: he loves God and his family. His job is important; he must work to feed and provide for his family. The shopman realizes that all the material things will someday pass away. He was just a happy, hardworking entrepreneur. This narrative has a smooth flow, with wonderful images, and a great rhyme scheme. Very touching. Well written.

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