Reading Baudelaire’s ‘The Eyes Of The Poor’ Whilst Enjoying The Strange Sunshine One March, Springtime Morning. by Paul Tristram

There are a chorus of street urchins singing
‘You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two’
inside my gently vibrating mind
as I read and re-read Baudelaire’s little beauty.
The antique gramophone is purring
Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude in G Major
behind my heavily bathrobed shoulder.
There’s a sudden slant of Spring sunshine
slashing across the highly polished oaken floor,
which momentarily distracts me from my thoughts.
It’s time for a cherry flavoured hand rolled cigarette,
now that I am done with the half-eaten toast,
marmalade and Earl Grey tea with lemon.
Rising from the smaller of the three sofas,
stretching catlike and yawning triumphantly
through the peak of health, fitness and vitality.
(I am up to 3,000 prison sit-ups a day!)
I pace, perusing the library shelves contentedly
before glancing at the priceless 11 hour clock
and realizing that it’s 8:30am and wine-time.
I enter the back of the second cellar, whistling,
select 3 bottles of a perfect vintage for my mood.
Whilst hoping and praying wholeheartedly
that whoever owns this very fine home
stays away for at least one more delightful evening.

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Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at You can also read his poems and stories here!


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