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La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life

Credit: Jane Moore Art

Sample from the Sketch A Day Poetry Book

Artwork & Poem are from the Sketch A Day Poetry Book available at the store

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life,

It’s a 60s film isn’t it?

Dont know if it was mod,

Or if was cult,

I'll have to IMDB it.

 

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life

I didn’t really rate the film,

My mate Katie said it was seminal,

An hour in I had my fill.

 

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life,

But I tried so hard to like it.

Might sound clever thrown into a chat,

They might be fooled not see things I lack,

I might sound sophisticated

With a reference like that,

Albeit outdated.

 

Might get a date, might get a drink,

Or at the least, might get a wink,

Or even one of those slow knowing nods,

When you know you've made it,

One night only a God.

 

They'd be serving me caviar and champagne

In business class seat on virgin train

To Manchester

They've asked me to review

All the mod cult films

(Still don't know if that’s true.)

 

Mark Kermode and I would co-present

He'd play it cool

But I know he'd resent

My knowledge of niche

And my knowledge of cool,

Teach him a few tricks

You don’t learn in School.

 

Then Hollywood would probably pick me up,

With the plastic people trying my luck.

And I'd say

"Look love, put down the silicon-strut,

With motionless face you'll end up in a rut!"

And the women would all be thanking me,

Claiming that I'm their epiphany,

They'd say 

"What a woman, she's set us free",

As they stand side by side,waving me

Back to good old London town,

Where they've asked me back 

'cause they're feeling down.


But of course I'd stay humble and know my roots,

Do my own washing, break in my new boots

That Vivienne Westwood designed for me

(I’d have those connections obviously.)

 

Then, I expect, I'd get the call

From Downing Street because of all

My knowledge and my humility,

And I'd say

"I'd love to help you out but I'm pretty busy."

And they'd say 
"But Kirstin, the country needs you"

And with resigned sigh I'd say 

"I'll see what I can do."

 

I'd figure out policies that make dreams come true,

Abolish the rhetoric,

I'd say 

"Plain speech will do".

And the public will say "Where's she been all our lives?

She's so refreshing, God isn't she wise!"

And I'd say 

"Look people, I'm just telling my truth,

Don't canonize me",

But of course, they would.

 

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life,

I really like that name.

But this life isn't quite so sweet,

Play the hand we're dealt in this game.

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life,

It’s a 60s film isn’t it?

Dont know if it was mod,

Or if was cult,

I'll have to IMDB it.

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life

I didn’t really rate the film,

My mate Katie said it was seminal,

An hour in I had my fill.

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life,

But I tried so hard to like it.

Might sound clever thrown into a chat,

They might be fooled not see things I lack,

I might sound sophisticated

With a reference like that,

Albeit outdated.

Might get a date, might get a drink,

Or at the least, might get a wink,

Or even one of those slow knowing nods,

When you know you've made it,

One night only a God.

They'd be serving me caviar and champagne

In business class seat on virgin train

To Manchester

They've asked me to review

All the mod cult films

(Still don't know if that’s true.)

Mark Kermode and I would co-present

He'd play it cool

But I know he'd resent

My knowledge of niche

And my knowledge of cool,

Teach him a few tricks

You don’t learn in School.

Then Hollywood would probably pick me up,

With the plastic people trying my luck.

And I'd say

"Look love, put down the silicon-strut,

With motionless face you'll end up in a rut!"

And the women would all be thanking me,

Claiming that I'm their epiphany,

They'd say 

"What a woman, she's set us free",

As they stand side by side,waving me

Back to good old London town,

Where they've asked me back 

'cause they're feeling down.


But of course I'd stay humble and know my roots,

Do my own washing, break in my new boots

That Vivienne Westwood designed for me

(I’d have those connections obviously.)

Then, I expect, I'd get the call

From Downing Street because of all

My knowledge and my humility,

And I'd say

"I'd love to help you out but I'm pretty busy."

And they'd say 
"But Kirstin, the country needs you"

And with resigned sigh I'd say 

"I'll see what I can do."

I'd figure out policies that make dreams come true,

Abolish the rhetoric,

I'd say 

"Plain speech will do".

And the public will say "Where's she been all our lives?

She's so refreshing, God isn't she wise!"

And I'd say 

"Look people, I'm just telling my truth,

Don't canonize me",

But of course, they would.

La Dolce Vita; the sweet life,

I really like that name.

But this life isn't quite so sweet,

Play the hand we're dealt in this game.

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