By S M Chen, posted Sept 25, 2017

Mandolin and guitar. Pablo Picasso. 1924. In public domain.


Picasso reported a theft

By art thieves who barely had left.

“Did you see them?” cops prodded.

“I think so.” He nodded.

“Perhaps you could sketch them

To help us to ketch them.”


So he sat down to draw

And they watched him with awe.


After they knew

What Pablo drew,

Arrests quickly came.

I cite them by name:

Mandolin, guitar, and horse.

But do I jest? Of course.

S M Chen lives and writes in California.

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