Alexander Averin

Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Braggart

Who knows himself a braggart,
 let him fear this,
 for it will come to pass
that every braggart shall be found an ass.
William Shakespeare

The Braggart

His name was Lewis,  was in a Big Business,
son of a freemason,  he was L O U D.
I found him lewd,  one to avoid,
the oily type of Tory, plump and puce of face,
everything about him was whizzbang, pop,
over-stuffed, high on emotion, like in the song.
A true braggart, he indulged in boastful talk
spoke in iambian speak so everything was ee-an
as in  Ital -eean, Christ – eean, Boston – eean,
Had been to Cambridge and to crown it, you’ve guessed it,
he was an old Eton – eean, chauvinistic to a fault.
He didn’t walk, he lolloped,
in such an ungainly manner,
 a cliche from a bad novel
the part in a play no man would covet.
I thought my sister’s marbles must be missing
but did my best to be polite and pleasing.
The hours passed but not fast enough;
I wanted the evening to shrink.
I wanted to shrink.
My favourite Irish proverb
things are never as they seem
was for once proved wrong.


Cait O’Connor



Friko said...

You must know one of their ilk fairly well otherwise you would not have been able to capture him as you do here.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...


Pondside said...

Oh dear - will there be many more evenings with such a one?

Mary said...

Ha - I loved "Every braggart will be found an ass."

It sounds like quite an intolerable evening with Lewis!

Cait O'Connor said...

No Friko, Lewis is just a figment of my imagination and my dear sister would never have been attracted to him :-)

Pam said...

Yes, they always are in big business and want everyone to know it - always wish the wives/partners would say "Oh for God's sake shut up" but they never do!

Dave King said...

Top write. Love it!

Kalyan Panja said...

beautiful capture!

Mac n' Janet said...

Oh dear, we have all met him, and they always know it all.

ds said...

"he did not walk, he lolloped"--my favorite line. Wonderful write, Cait. Thank you.

Deb said...

Well captured, even though he's made up. Feel relieved for you sister.