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0177 Merde!
MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0177 Merde!

It's the word you hear
when anti-French views are aired -

when their secret liaisons have been publicly bared -

when they lose a lover for whom they deeply cared -

when a planned seduction hasn't fared -

when a promising mistress is running scared -

when by censorship their free speech is impaired -

Le ci-dessus
c'est pour vous
Marc (Ronberge) ..

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Comments (4)

You have to be careful when employing the technique of repeating a word or phrase over and over in a poem. In this case it works marvelously. I like how Sherrie did it in El Dia Vendrra, and there's a Neruda poem - I forget which one - where he keeps repeating something in every stanza. It's one of my favorite poems and I can't even remember the damn thing! Ah well. Nice job with merde, Michael, and interesting comment Ron.
...like I'm always saying to others - never essay poetry except in your native tongue. You may fall dans le merde. (Or is it feminine? My dictionary doesn't know the word...) Oh shit. Break a leg, Ronberge!
Another thing you might not know... It's also an informal way to wish luck on someone intimate. An exact opposite of the more classical usage. ex. Before an exam 'Merde! ' Many Thanks for the poem and especially the sentiment, Sincerement Ronmerde ; -)
Excellent, Michael. Spoken like a true Brit. Raynette