Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thoughts on "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Mister Martin, if you please,

I'd like to set things straight.

We really have enjoyed your play

And all agree it's great!

But in amongst the funny bits

Scattered here and there

Are little bits that don't make sense

It really isn't fair!

Like why a roof should disappear,

Could you explain that please?

And how can scratching up a hand

Make girls weak in the knees?

No way can Pablo scratch a sketch

In just five seconds flat

Then sell it off for fifty francs

I'll have none of that.

Eighteen percent of twenty four

Works out to four and a third

With nine and five sixths in two other lots

It's really quite absurd!

A third of a bottle makes no sense

In legend or in myth

If fractional bottles must be used,

At least please make them "fifths"

I'm not going into parentheses here,

But if I did they’d match

Each end must have an open

As any editor should catch

Don't get me wrong here, Stevie-boy

I've loved your play, you see

With a hundred million in the bank,

You must know more than me!

The more I think about it, though

These things start making sense

Of course I could be losing grip

These last few weeks were tense

The joke that opens up act two

(Don't say "godzuntheit", please, )

It's starting to make sense to me

It's really quite a tease….

The man could not afford to send

A pie that was too large

Lower case was needed

To cut down on the charge

Of course he couldn't post it

At the ending of the tale

Cause if the baker sent it

It would have been (wait for it…) e-mail.

In closing, let me set it straight

I have enjoyed this show

Most of all because of all

These friend's I've come to know

Thanks for putting up with me

Missed cues, forgotten lines

But next to me, you must admit,

The rest of you look fine.

Though I've said all I need to say

I'll add one little touch

My favourite line of all the play,

Thank you, Thank you very much


  1. Last night was the opening of the King's Town Players performance of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile", and I've been lucky to play the role of Freddy. This poem was written to amuse the rest of the cast and crew, and they asked me to post it.

    Cheers all!

  2. We are so very pleased
    to have you in our midst
    you have never kibitzed
    always our nerves you eased

    We hope you will continue
    to perform and to amuse
    We will never abuse
    always be part of your retinue

    I can't keep this up
    I tip my hat to you
    You clever rhyming pup
    Hurray, hurray to you!