Free Verse – Gluttony – Marcy Erb

The Charles Dickens Diet

Dickens was truly concerned
About your health and well-being –
How prescient of him!
How many dreams of cakes
With fluffy white frosting
Did he ruin with one tour
of Miss Havisham’s drawing room?
If one thinks of asking for more,
Mr. Dickens helped you think again.
Did that nice old lady offer you a cookie?
Did she set aside her knitting to inquire?
If the needles kept clicking, you
would just say, politely, no thanks.

Written by Marcy Erb of Illustrated Poetry

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