Gire & Gimble

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This poem has kindly been recorded by Po. It is a homage to the first proper poem I ever learnt, and still one of my favourites, ‘Jabberwocky’. Although I always felt a bit sorry for the dragon, so I wrote this from his point of view.



Gire & Gimble

Written by Jason Bayliss.

Narrated by Paul Sayer.


Creep little dragon, in the wabe

Where slithy toves do Gire and Gimble

A vorpal sword hunts for your head

So keep your footsteps lithe and nimble


And please beware the Beamish boy

who wields that wicked blade

He wants you dead, to take your head

and with it let his name be made


Hide your deadly biting smile

and sheath your catching claws

And harken to the Jub Jub bird

listen for its calls


The Bandersnatch will guard your back

that you may guard your front,

And though I know it’s tempting

stay hidden, don’t go on the hunt


Resist the need to  burble

Dim your flamed and fiery eyes

Creep quietly through the Tulgey wood

and take him by surprise


And the snicker-snacks of vorpal blades

will not be heard tonight

So creep little dragon, quietly

for soon enough, you’ll fight


Let not him say, “Callooh, Callay!”

Nor chortle in his joy

For there’s an uffish boy to slay

So hurry, slay this uffish boy


And though I know, you do not wish

to see this young prince dead,

Blame his foolish father

for sending him to take your head


Then creep little dragon, through the wabe

where slithy toves do Gire and Gimble

And let the heads of Beamish princes

act as charm and warning symbol


Let all these, ‘Righteous’ kings of men

be filled with quaking fear

And let them leave the Tulgey woods…


For there be Dragons there!


© Jason Bayliss. 24/10/20.


Emersive soundtrack by PoGire & GimbalJason Bayliss

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Paul Sayer

Sun 25th Oct 2020 17:43

Hi peeps, thank you to all who have hit the like.


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kJ Walker

Sun 25th Oct 2020 16:27

I can't guess. But I look forward to hearing it 👍

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Paul Sayer

Sun 25th Oct 2020 11:50

I have still got the biggest one so far to do... Have a guess Kev. what that is?

I am very excited about it, I have been waiting since the start of the year to get the mic and software etc.

Now I'm good to go.

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kJ Walker

Sun 25th Oct 2020 09:10

I love that poem. "The Jabberwocky" . I particularly like to hear how different performers put their own spin on it.
It's good to hear it from a different perspective. Po's reading worked really well.

It's good to see two of my favourite WOLers collaborating.

Cheers Kevin

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Paul Sayer

Sun 25th Oct 2020 07:27

Hi-ho Do,

I have pm'd you,

Yes, it is one of them.

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Sun 25th Oct 2020 06:58

I'm that jabberwocky 😉
I've so much to talk
So many tales to tell
But no ears to hear
No praise to bear

I liked your effort. Great going. Is it that collab you were looking forward to? How will I fit in the loop?

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Paul Sayer

Sun 25th Oct 2020 06:28

Hi Moon.girl

All praise is due to Jason.

I was so pleased he allowed me to record this wonderful poem of his.

I like him, love 'The Jabberwocky', and his stand for the little critter is hugely commendable.


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