Martin O'Neill

Rookie - 4 Points (20-06-1958 / Solihull, Birmingham, England)

Around the square Poem by Martin O'Neill


A shopping shark shimmers
In the city centre seize
Picking off the bargains
With a practised, fluid ease

Plastic card whispers
As designer bags fill
Parades her Prada handbag
Like a hunter with his kill

A Starbucks and a breather
On the corner of the square
Sips a skinny latte
And restyles a wayward hair

Then uncurls from her table
Like a languid, waking cat
Adjusts her perfect hemline
Shakes a sunbeam from her hat

So graceful on stilleto heels
She negotiates the square
The minnows part and shoal around
Parfum, lingers, on the air.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Edited: Friday, March 2, 2012

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  • Gold Star - 5,895 Points Mihaela Pirjol (12/14/2014 6:24:00 AM)

    A really enjoyable read...beautifully descriptive! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 55 Points John Brown (9/3/2012 9:19:00 AM)

    Nice poem Martin. The first line is a corker. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Ruth Walters (8/4/2012 3:28:00 PM)

    So you've seen her too eh......it's the Parfum that lingered on the air, that really got you....and the way she knew her bottom swayed as she walked away........ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 171 Points Richard D. Remler (4/13/2012 4:22:00 PM)

    Has an exceptional flow to it. She brings to mind P. Hilton or one of the Kardashians. Excellent write, quite vivid and cleverly crafted. tfs (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points Tom Higgins (3/13/2012 9:06:00 AM)

    Such a lot of things they buy, in the incessant search for happiness! Another gem!

    Tom (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 354 Points Patti Masterman (3/2/2012 6:44:00 PM)

    Hey my comment did work! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,478 Points Diane Hine (3/2/2012 6:21:00 PM)

    Wearing stilletos to go shopping shows deep insecurity- they hurt! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,193 Points Valerie Dohren (3/2/2012 2:16:00 PM)

    Great poem - wish I could afford to buy expensive perfume! ! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,872 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/2/2012 5:12:00 AM)

    As long as she uses her own hard earned money, we have nothing to complain about,
    Am I right? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jonny Brackney (3/1/2012 8:28:00 AM)

    a simple scenario described vibrantly. i love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 354 Points Patti Masterman (2/29/2012 9:23:00 PM)

    I would change the word perfume to parfum! lol..more classy and French!
    I could almost smell the faint whiff..whoa, down, fellas! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,022 Points Wahab Abdul (2/29/2012 9:01:00 PM)

    well said and well pictured i like it very much. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Okoye Charles Chukwudi (2/29/2012 2:41:00 PM)

    This good...
    This is poetry, a painting of a lady gone shopping.
    Your words really come alive....i like this very much.
    Your are no doubt, a true poet. Nice imagery.

    Please do read mine and leave a comment/criticism.
    A picture and Written at midnight hour...thanks (Report) Reply

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