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Marisand

Marisand in front of market

Old Marisand’s a not-so-funny zinger;
he’s clothed not by design but by disaster.
The memory, like chocolate olives, lingers:
a velvet vested, sparkling, striped ringmaster.

Old Marisand’s a not-so-funny zinger;
he’s clothed not by design but by disaster.
The memory, like chocolate olives, lingers:
a velvet vested, sparkling, striped ringmaster.

The Heroic Waistcoat

His golden waistcoat makes you feel humbled.
Heroically, it keeps his paunch from bouncing.

His golden waistcoat makes you feel humbled.
Heroically, it keeps his paunch from bouncing.

Marisand, ready to pounce

His coiled stance completes the whole ensemble
he’s big but not too heavyset for pouncing.

His coiled stance completes the whole ensemble
he’s big but not too heavyset for pouncing.

The Trousers

His trousers’ pattern is a shocking stripe
and into them his bulky frame is smashed.

His trousers’ pattern is a shocking stripe
and into them his bulky frame is smashed.

The Taters

Their cut is so discouragingly tight
that you can see he likes his taters mashed.

Their cut is so discouragingly tight
that you can see he likes his taters mashed.

The Dignified Triumvirate

He tries the dignified triumvirate:
a velvet vest, a waistcoat, spotless dickey.

He tries the dignified triumvirate:
a velvet vest, a waistcoat, spotless dickey.

Marisand, sinister

The fabric’s fine but he is still a pirate.
It’s yet one more example of his trickery.

The fabric’s fine but he is still a pirate.
It’s yet one more example of his trickery.

Hair exclamation

His head, where perched atop this mess sartorial,
conveys his fashion statement’s punctuation.
His thinning hair of branching lengths arboreal
is like a row of pointed exclamation.

His head, where perched atop this mess sartorial,
conveys his fashion statement’s punctuation.
His thinning hair of branching lengths arboreal
is like a row of pointed exclamation.

The Stache

And, colored auburn more than yellow flax,
baroquely swooping unabashed curls,
and fixed in place by Gristle ‘n’ Thistle wax,
his mustache like a question mark is swirled.

And, colored auburn more than yellow flax,
baroquely swooping unabashed curls,
and fixed in place by Gristle ‘n’ Thistle wax,
his mustache like a question mark is swirled.

Gristle 'n' Thistle

Expensive stuff, this wax from Gristle ‘n’ Thistle,
and quality is claimed about the brand.
It gives that extra “twistle” to your bristle
but don’t apply it by five-gallon can!

Expensive stuff, this wax from Gristle ‘n’ Thistle,
and quality is claimed about the brand.
It gives that extra “twistle” to your bristle
but don’t apply it by five-gallon can!

An unlikely handshake

From Marisand it’s sleight of hand, an act.
Your hand he’ll shake, his conman’s grip enthrall it.

From Marisand it’s sleight of hand, an act.
Your hand he’ll shake, his conman’s grip enthrall it.

Hand, reaching

His line of patter’s conjured to distract
(his other hand is reaching for your wallet).

His line of patter’s conjured to distract
(his other hand is reaching for your wallet).