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An Artful Dodger

Plucking Gold off the Street

By S. C. AlmanzarPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
An Artful Dodger
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Gainfully employed as a rapscallion

Leisurely picking pockets and swindling in a manner contrary to valiance

He's got his own little battalion

Street urchins galore and sleazy charm by the gallon

"See there that old codger?

The one with a cardinal feather in his cap?

Fuller on gin and rum than the Jolly Roger

Go on and relieve him of his watch while he lies on the curb for a nap."

It's a real skill you'll need to possess

If you're eager to stay in the Dodger's good graces

Keep away from the parish lest you feel the need to confess

In no time you'll be off to the races

Gentlemen in top hats, betting bills heavy in their silk coats

Let your fingers be featherlight, leave no traces

You'll be shoveling it all into boats

Now quit your dallyin'

The bar's closing again

And all our fine feather capped friends are having their lie downs in the street, wealth a-varyin'.

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S. C. Almanzar

I am a graduate student studying anthropology and have been writing creatively for almost 20 years. I love new takes on alternative history, especially when there are fantasy or supernatural elements included.

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Comments (9)

  • Silver Serpent Books27 days ago

    What a fun poem! Congrats on the Top Story, well-deserved. :)

  • Your poem skillfully navigates the complexities of life's uncertainties, weaving a tale of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. The metaphor of the "Artful Dodger" serves as a poignant reminder of the human spirit's ability to persevere and overcome obstacles with grace and ingenuity. What struck me most about your poem was the depth of emotion and insight conveyed through your words. From the opening lines, you drew me into the narrative, inviting me to journey alongside the protagonist as they navigate the twists and turns of fate. Furthermore, your poetic craftsmanship is truly commendable. The rhythm and flow of your verses, coupled with your vivid imagery and evocative language, created a captivating reading experience that resonated deeply with me. Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity with the world through your writing. "An Artful Dodger" is a testament to your ability to explore profound themes with honesty and eloquence, leaving a lasting impact on your readers. I look forward to reading more of your work and experiencing the magic that you continue to weave through your poetry. Warm regards, Dr. Jay

  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story! :)

  • Gloria Penelope29 days ago

    Congrats on top story!

  • Margaret Brennan30 days ago

    congrats on TS. this was excellent. reminded me of the series I'm reading on a woman who'd been a pick-pocket and became a singing sensation. GREAT writing.

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  • Christy Munson30 days ago

    Wonderful poem. Glad it earned a Top Story! 🥳

  • Very cleverly written. Congratulations on your top story

  • The language is both playful and vivid. Love it

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    I love Oliver Twist, too!

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