Saturday, 9 July 2016

The Mobster's Quick Step (Part 1)


Picture By Pennsylvania Department of Corrections / FBI  
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/al-capone,  Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35549412 


The glass wall sparkled in the sun 
A scenic view of lucid bright 
Although precision of position
Had the feel of cool damp night 

Then we stepped into the atrium 
A place indeed to be impressed
Nicely introduced ourselves 
Without question were addressed

A man of substance smiling broad 
Tink, tink, tink, he tapped his glass 
Causing pleasing chat to hang mid-air 
Anticipating what might parse 

Today I’d like to share with you 
After many years of dreaming 
How in the end it dawned on me 
A ray of insight beaming 

The speaker raised a steady hand
Putting murmurings aside
And so continued in beseeching tone
To ears and eyes that opened wide

Everything we want to be
Displayed in galleries of our mind
Is based on sets of mutuality’s
And payment suitably in kind

So join us and be rest assured
Our gift together is unbounded
Sharing shares we know you like
All sense of failure is unfounded

For we have found the lost horizon
We offer tickets too fair by far
To enjoy the much more merriment
Along our route to Shangri la

This idea is unashamedly filched from
Mary Howitt's 'The Spider and the Fly' and Lewis Carroll's Mock Turtles Song 'The Lobster Quadrille'

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