There Once Was a Man from Montmartre
There once was a man from Montmartre
who delivered a lecture on Sartre.
“Was it boredom,” he said,
as the audience fled,
“or perhaps my malodorous fartre?”
Work in the garden. Sweep the floor.
Go fishing. Fix those boards that sag.
Dinner with mother—half past four.
(And don’t forget your laundry bag.)
Here I lie inside a box.
Better here than watching Fox.
Marion Shore‘s poetry collection Sand Castle was the recipient of the 2010 Richard Wilbur award. She won the 2014 X.J. Kennedy parody award and is a two-time winner of the Howard Nemerov sonnet award. She has published numerous poems and translations in journals and anthologies, as well as a book of Petrarch’s poetry in translation. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she manages to preserve a lot of New York attitude.