Martin O'Neill

(20-06-1958 / Solihull, Birmingham, England)

Around the square


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 02, 2012

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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