I Am Emma Bovary

Published Friday, June 29, 2012 by Chasing Neptune

I would be happy…

in Lawrence – constructible

cupcakes, graffiti coffee shops, space

cat comic stores, hipster shoes

and antique malls.

I would be happy…

in Jersey – boxcar diners, second-hand

Italian food, big apple skylines,

grungy dive bars, El Toro

and Kingda Ka.

I would be happy…

in Florence – Pizza Margherita,

Carrara marble God, golden paradise

doors, panoramic piazzales, lovers’

locks and rusty keys.

I would be happy…


but here, everywhere

but here, no where

but here.

In case you are not familiar with the work, this piece was inspired by the novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. The protagonist, Emma Bovary, believes that happiness comes from location, thus the idea behind this poem. I also find it important to note (as I neglected to last night) that these poems are a part of my Week 12 Challenge, which is to write one poem per day. Two down, five to go!


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