Saturday June 18th, 2011

The exercise:

A four line poem about: the vendor.

We had a bit of a quiet time for most of the market this morning, but thankfully it picked up for long enough to make the trip worth it.

Hurray for a day off tomorrow!


He's smoking a cigarette
And not interested in selling;
There's a reason for this,
But Henri isn't telling.


Greg said...

A brief nod of the head to Henri? But what is he up to, that's the question left desperately hanging!
Have fun with your day off! Mine all seem to be full of chores these days.

The vendor
"It's only a sale when I say it is,"
Says the man with the goatee beard.
"And it that's what you want, I'm not selling."
Says the customer, "That's what I feared!"

Aaron said...

Marc and Greg both of your poems tickle my imagination. What are they selling?
This is an attempt to capture the lives of vendors in just four lines.
The Vendor
How’s your day? I want this right now. Also I’m in a hurry.
How’s your day? Could be worse. I could be dead.
How’s your day? Good, how are you? Pretty nice weather we’re having.
How’s your day? Great! Thank you! How are you on this wonderful day?

motherinToronto said...


At the crack of dawn
I said good morning to the vendor.
She returned from a night of selling her services.
I left to sell my company's services
She wore miniskirts and platform stilletos,
I wore pencil skirts and high heels.
I had student loans.
The Vendor paid for her degree.
I wondered how much her family knew.

motherinToronto said...

Drunk people ramble. Hence it isn't 4 lines. Sorry. I should go to sleep now.

Marc said...

Greg - sounds like you're in need of a proper day off then!

Hah, that's eerily similar to a conversation I had with another vendor yesterday morning! We were (quietly) complaining about all the customers walking by without stopping to buy :P

Aaron - yup, that about sums it up I think :)

Mother in T.O. - drunk writing can be some of the most fun writing, so no need to apologize :D

I liked the contrast between the two characters, I think you captured it nicely.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm a tad late on this one, but what the heck!

The vendor~
Preying upon the addictions of others,
Taking advantage of their needs,
Damn you, sir.
And might I say, your prices are ridiculous.

Marc said...

Anon - late contributions are always a pleasant surprise :)

Haha, great final line.

Miss B said...

I look her in the eye,
She interesested in money,
She didn't evan notice, I wanted rye and honey.