Charlie Chaplin Impersonates a Poet

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The stage is set for imminent disaster. 
Here is the little tramp, standing 
On a stack of books in order
To reach the microphone, the
Poet he’s impersonating somehow 
Trussed and mumbling in a
Tweed bundle at his feet.

He opens his mouth: Tra-la!
Out comes doves, incandescent bulbs, 
Plastic roses. Well, that’s that,
Squirms the young professor who’s 
Coordinated this,
No more visiting poets!

His department head groans 
For the trap door. As it 
Swings away

The tramp keeps on as if 
Nothing has occurred, 
A free arm mimicking 
A wing.

© Cornelius Eady