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A few kind words

A few kind words, what can be bought with that?
In essence just a clique of tidy prose,
A verb, a noun, perhaps an adjectival phrase
Offered in the form of venal praise
– and be surprised at what it buys.
Like a fleeting smile it’s currency outweighs
The simple form, a hint of urbane compliment,
A subtle implement to sway discursive
Dissertation, stun a lengthy recitation,
Steal the centre ground; oh, so was that smile
For me? Profound congratulations are implied,
And truth denied, we always need a dose of that!
I’ll put it in my hat, my ego is well fed enough
And poets with a fat, indulgent ego are a nuisance
To the trade. Thank you for your words;
These words are yours in kind to muse,
I hope you’ll find some joy in that.

June 2006

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Poem A few kind words - Ivan Donn Carswell