A Would-be Literati Epicurean

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A Would-be Literati Epicurean

russkigypsy
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Joined: August 18th, 2013, 10:27 pm

July 9th, 2018, 9:52 am #1

A Would-be Literati Epicurean
 
I'm sorry or is it excuse me that I speak Russian
with a slight French accent.
 
That language is to me a most sophisticated of tongues.
 
My 2 aunties are to blame with whom I spent a lot
of time back when we used to live in Kiev.
 
They spoke to me only in that language and Russian
my other mother tongue, with a kartavit effect.
 
It is pronouncing the letter r with the soft palate
vibrating on the back of the tongue. Parisian style!
 
Thank God I didn't pick that up on top of brazenly
wearing three solid sterling bracelets on my left wrist.
 
One never knows when to fend oneself off
in dark alleys may become necessary.
 
I am in the habit of visiting such places
while looking for objets trouvés for my art.
 
In any case I assure you I never thought I was a snob
until marrying one from Hillsboro
when she began calling me a French one.
 
All because I so often quoted Jean Jacques Rousseau
and Voltaire, Descartes and Montaigne and not least
La Fontaine. Even at times De Gaulle who said
the famous Après moi le déluge!
 
I never quoted Victor Hugo. Too proletarian for me!
 
Until then I didn't know I was so panache.
Last edited by russkigypsy on July 14th, 2018, 8:46 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Ken Ashworth
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July 10th, 2018, 6:16 pm #2

This is a rollicking poem.I like the voice.
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BobBradshaw
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July 12th, 2018, 3:19 pm #3

Oh, me too...love the tone of this narrator's voice!  Absolutely!

One nit:  
trim this stanza a tad

My 2 aunties are to blame with whom I spent a lot
of time back when we used to live in Kiev.

to something like this?
My 2 aunties are to blame with whom I spent a lot
of time with in Kiev.
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FranklyDire
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Joined: June 7th, 2015, 6:45 pm

July 14th, 2018, 1:43 am #4

Agree with Bob, not a very poetic line.

My two aunts, whom I lived with in Kiev, are to blame.
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russkigypsy
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July 14th, 2018, 8:44 am #5

Frankly... I thought you appreciated tongue twisters! OK, OK... you're all right. I had a difficult time with it myself.
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FranklyDire
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July 14th, 2018, 9:11 am #6

It's your strange verbose mind Alex. :)
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