Tears of a Hanky

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The following is my own verse loosely based on The Collar, a short story by Hans Christian Andersen. In tone and style, it follows the tradition of the limerick; however, in featuring a series of stanzas that tell a story, it is more like a ballad. In Andersen’s original, a turn-of-the-century, detachable-type collar finds himself yearning for female companionship and sets off to find it within the confines of the dressing room, only to face rejection at every turn.

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TEARS OF A HANKY

by A.E. Faris

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There once was a hanky of old

of whom heartache had taken a hold;

coming out of a drawer,

his grief to outpour,

this is the story he told:

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“An accessory feels like a fraction

unless able to get a reaction;

if not part of a pair,

its burdens to share,

it can never achieve satisfaction.

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Although cut of some dandyish tissue,

my age was becoming an issue…

How sad to leave life,

never knowing a wife,

without having somebody to miss you!

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So in order to make my own bid,

in a basket of laundry I hid,

to wait for a date,

a desirable mate,

that is what this old handkerchief did.

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At last, I perceived a slight swish,

an answer, perhaps, to my wish…

having cast out my line,

I awaited a sign,

some proof I had hooked me a fish

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An elegant scarf had dropped in!

the kind that you dress with a pin:

an ephemeral dream,

of peaches and cream…

I vowed that her heart I must win.

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So, “Madam!” cried I, with a wink

intended to make her turn pink,

“My hear is aglow,

and your name I must know…

for together, we must form a link!”

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To my gesture, she made no reply,

only turned up her gaze to the sky,

’til a great hand loomed in,

scooped her out of the bin,

all in less than the blink of an eye.

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Then I, too, was whisked out by the hand,

rugged and wrinkled and tanned,

to be dropped on a board,

my flailings ignored…

prey to whatever was planned.

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An iron was what I saw now,

bearing down like the ominous prow

of a great steel boat,

with steam at its throat;

I knew I must have her, but how?

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“Dear lady,” I called, like a rake,

“my senses you briskly awake…

so majestic you are,

that I would go far

to see what a spouse you would make!”

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The iron was clearly in shock:

“Just what is this nonsense you talk?”

she cried with a snort,

“I’ve heard of your sort…

I’d rather be wed to a sock!”

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Her rebuff was such a surprise

that questions could not but arise:

Had I waited too long?

Had my time come and gone?

Was I choosing a course that was wise?

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But, just as I was seized with the fear

that no suitable pick would appear,

some scissors closed in,

efficient and thin…

restoring my natural cheer.

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“So lovely and lithe are those limbs!”

(as she plied me with various trims)

“You must be a dancer,

the obvious answer,

to my keen matrimonial whims!”

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But it seemed that the scissors were famed,

with a temper that couldn’t be tamed,

unspeakably brash,

she cut a great gash,

and left this poor handkerchief maimed.

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After that, my whole future was sealed;

no more charm had this gallant to wield…

an undeserved fate,

and a lesson learned late,

in the perils of playing the field.

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Instead, and against my own will,

I found myself sent to a mill,

to be used as a rag,

by some sour-faced hag…

and yes, I am living there still.”

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