Don’t you just hate it when that happens?


Those socks that Dad gets at Christmas,

Sellotaped in packets of three.


The monosyllabic young man

That your daughter brings home for tea.


The fair to middling result

Of your son’s prestigious degree.


The mediocre performance

Friends and family had come to see.


The soufflé which for once falls flat,

Reminding one of molten brie.


The putt which misses by an inch,

After your best shot from the tee.


Some sozzled old hack berating

Your best friend from the BBC.


Your spouse embracing someone else

In the tent at the jamboree.


The top-price tickets that you bought

When you could have got in for free.


Don’t you just hate it when that happens?


◄ Behind the door

Essex ►


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Stephen Gospage

Wed 27th Jan 2021 15:26

My thanks to everyone for the likes and for all the kind comments.As usual, they add to my understanding of the poem, which I think is a benefit of this process.

The book can be viewed on Amazon UK (see link below). If you click on the book itself you can scroll through quite a number of pages before you are redirected to the rear cover page. Also, if you have Kindle, it will be available for free download during the weekend of 26 February.

I don't really want to plug it, as a number of the poems are already on WOL and I will be sharing some more on my profile and the blog over the next few weeks.

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Wed 27th Jan 2021 14:51

Just the right of balance of mocking despair and frustrated humour. A bit like a souffle that came out right Stephen.


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trevor homer

Wed 27th Jan 2021 13:19

Some words are made to fit each other. Very enjoyable Stephen.

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Brian Hodgkinson

Tue 26th Jan 2021 23:59

Yes, you nailed it. 😆

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julie callaghan

Tue 26th Jan 2021 19:59

Love this, I remember reading The Shape of Trees. Congratulations on the book.

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Tue 26th Jan 2021 19:11

Brilliant Stephen! This really put a smile on my face. Yes, do share a link to your book.

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 26th Jan 2021 18:39

A wonderful poem
Written by thee...
Ano, sorry 🙄
I'll be checking that book out though, Mr G 👍

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Tue 26th Jan 2021 18:34

I love it that none of that happens to me!
I'm obviously not adventurous enough for those sort of calamities.
Or maybe just not lucky enough for that sort of unluckiness.
But I thought the poem was amusing especially to list spousal unfaithfulness measure on measure with socks for Christmas and collapsing soufflé .

I also couldn't find a link to the new book is it findable online yet?

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 26th Jan 2021 17:04

This a poem from a book of poems entitled "The Shape of the Trees", which I have just self-published. The title poem is also on WOL.

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