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Café Comedy Analysis



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               She



I'm waiting for the man I hope to wed.

I've never seen him - that's the funny part.

I promised I would wear a rose of red,

Pinned on my coat above my fluttered heart,

So that he'd know me - a precaution wise,

Because I wrote him I was twenty-three,

And Oh such heaps and heaps of silly lies. . .

So when we meet what will he think of me?



It's funny, but it has its sorry side;

I put an advert. in the evening Press:

"A lonely maiden fain would be a bride."

Oh it was shameless of me, I confess.

But I am thirty-nine and in despair,

Wanting a home and children ere too late,

And I forget I'm no more young and fair -

I'll hide my rose and run...No, no, I'll wait.



An hour has passed and I am waiting still.

I ought to feel relieved, but I'm so sad.

I would have liked to see him, just to thrill,

And sigh and say: "There goes my lovely lad!

My one romance!" Ah, Life's malign mishap!

"Garcon, a cafè creme." I'll stay till nine. . .

The cafè's empty, just an oldish chap

Who's sitting at the table next to mine. . .



               He



I'm waiting for the girl I mean to wed.

She was to come at eight and now it's nine.

She'd pin upon her coat a rose of red,

And I would wear a marguerite in mine.

No sign of her I see...It's true my eyes

Need stronger glasses than the ones I wear,

But Oh I feel my heart would recognize

Her face without the rose - she is so fair.



Ah! what deceivers are we aging men!

What vanity keeps youthful hope aglow!

Poor girl! I sent a photo taken when

I was a student, twenty years ago.

(Hers is so Springlike, Oh so blossom sweet!)

How she will shudder when she sees me now!

I think I'd better hide that marguerite -

How can I age and ugliness avow?



She does not come. It's after nine o'clock.

What fools we fogeys are! I'll try to laugh;

(Garcon, you might bring me another bock)

Falling in love, just from a photograph.

Well, that's the end. I'll go home and forget,

Then realizing I am over ripe

I'll throw away this silly cigarette

And philosophically light my pipe.



               * * * * *



The waiter brought the coffee and the beer,

And there they sat, so woe-begone a pair,

And seemed to think: "Why do we linger here?"

When suddenly they turned, to start and stare.

She spied a marguerite, he glimpsed a rose;

Their eyes were joined and in a flash they knew. . .

The sleepy waiter saw, when time to close,

The sweet romance of those deceiving two,

Whose lips were joined, their hearts, their future too.






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