No Call for It




not much call for

Bismarck and the Entente Cordiale

in these parts I suggest

the Civil Service Exams


small feet run in my family really

for reference only do you own

a suit solid ladder to a pension

one day these facts won’t


need you the assassination of Franz

Ferdinand by the Black Hand Gang led

through various convoluted alliances

to Auschwitz and the Post-War German Miracle




how are you with numbers I suggest

accountancy and at the end

you’ll have letters after your

voices sing on street corners but


they shouldn’t concern you clever

enthusiastic young chap like history

of the cotton what we have courses

in office skills alienation of


the educated working class they hate

you if you’re no call for that

small feet really no call for

father’s factory shut punk rock and the



Japanese War

will butter no

parsnips round here

◄ The Word No Is A Long Sentence

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Elaine Booth

Mon 15th Nov 2010 16:55

Absolutley agree with steve here. Spot on. Would love to hear this poem performed. Very powerful.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 13th Nov 2010 14:09

It's great, Steve. I'm glad you're putting your work on WOL again, a stimulus for us all.

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Gus Jonsson

Fri 12th Nov 2010 17:02

I agree... or at least I think I do , with most of this ....but I'm still having trouble with 3 across...?

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Ray Miller

Fri 12th Nov 2010 15:56

I thought this were clever and entertaining but I was in The Black Hand Gang and we never did it.

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Steven Waling

Fri 12th Nov 2010 15:34

Thanks Steve - i think I was channelling some late '70's careers officer with this one.

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