from
Stroud Poets 9
Jenny Daisley, Charles Graham, Sally Whitman


Homage à Maurice
Madagascan musician
Charles Graham

Mon cher, you are like

Picasso’s trousers without a crease
a tune that halts me in my tracks
pain au chocolat in a café in Nice
Sidney Bechet growling on soprano sax
a sunny Sunday on an island in Greece
a funeral march stomping through New Orleans
a Madagascan villa on a 100-year lease
a buttered dish of haricot beans
a police station without the police
a bowl of strawberries & cream
a declaration of universal peace
a laughing woodland stream

You are, Maurice,
an ornament of the Golden Fleece