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Print Poetry December 8, 1997
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John Updike
The Carpentered Hen
1954

Before becoming the grand old man of the American novel, John Updike was the 22-year-old manchild of American light verse.

To An Usherette

Ah, come with me,
Petite chérie,
And we shall rather happy be.
I know a modest luncheonette
Where, for a little, one can get
A choplet, baby Lima beans,
And, segmented, two tangerines.

Le coup de grâce,
My petty lass,
Will be a demi-demitasse
Within a serviette conveyed
By weazened waiters, underpaid,
Who mincingly might grant us spoons
While a combo tinkles trivial tunes.

Ah, with me come,
Ma faible femme,
And I shall say I love you some.

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