Saturday, October 29, 2011

or is it better shorter

MARIE ANTOINETTE

I'd like to Thank You, Marie,
for the Petit Trianon.
Someone should. The weather
caused the French Revolution,
not any idealist flag.
Winter engraved famine.
Starving people
are often impolite.
She died with dignity,
moments after apologizing
for having stepped
on her executioner's foot.
I know the feeling.
Austrian by blood, she defended
France's interests as best
she could, was a tender mother.
She held little sway
so she went for swag,
rather like Quentin Crisp.
Clearly the woman knew
how to wear an improbable hat.
Her life appears to have
been composed of moments
and not episodes. And
I really would congratulate
almost anyone on that.

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