The Patent-leather Shoe

A poem by Alfred Lichtenstein

The poet thought: ah, I have enough trash!
The whores, the theater, and the moon in the city,
The dress-shirts, the streets, and smells,
The nights and the coaches and the windows,
The laughter, the street-lights and murders -
I'm really fed up now with all the crap,
Damn it!
Whatever will be will be - it's all the same to me:
The patent leather shoe Hurts me. And I take it off -
People might turn around, surprised.
Only it's a shame about my silk socks...

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