French Toast

For Dell, who tripped, fell and injured herself in Paris while stretching to look at a street sign…

Paris Not in the Spring
or
Walking for a Fall

You went to France, enjoyed French art,
French food, French language, Frenchman host;
As Francophile, you’ve done your part…
You were French-bred; you’re now French toast!

To go to Paris in the Spring
You’re ready now your bags to pack.
This Fall? you hurt like anything,
From Springing forward, Falling back!

Among the cursed laws of chance
There’s one for you: what does it say?
“Go strolling in a street in France
And you shall surely Rue the day!”

– The Yellow Doggerelist

(October 1998)

Copyright © 1998 Stephen S. Bates

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