One Poem by Alun Robert

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Not a Stradivarius

Émile, it’s not a Stradivarius.
Please don’t sulk any more.
Some will say you are an eccentric
but let time do her work.

I know you paid big Francs at
Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen.
The dealer was duplicitous
but I told you so at the time.
Chance is the enemy of the entrepreneur
for you goofed once again.

Our dreams of a château on Côte d’Azur
of partying all summer
and swimming in la mer Méditerranée
are gone. I will

just keep on dancing
corps de ballet for little money
but I put baguettes on our table
brie and pâté in our larder
help towards Paris’ exorbitant rent
and the tux on your trunk.

Pierre’s pix have been examined at
Conservatoire de Musique.
Sure, they say it’s a fine cello but
Émile, it’s not a Stradivarius.


Alun Robert is a prolific creator of lyrical verse. Of late, he has achieved success in poetry competitions and featured in international literary magazines, anthologies and on the web. He particularly enjoys ekphrastic challenges. In 2019, he was a Featured Writer of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

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