If I were a proper poet

If I were a proper poet
I would write in Shakespearean
And constantly refer to Larkin
Every other line or so.

I would write poems
Far more angry than Plath
And show Hughes
How he should have wrote the Crow.

I would walk in the Sally Gardens
Every other lunchtime with Teats
And hug Tennyson as he crossed
Backwards and forwards on the bar.

I would give the Owl
And the Pussycat a motorboat
Before getting Milligan pissed so the
Ning Nang Nong became the Sing Sang Song.

If I were a proper poet
I would shake Owen by the hand
And stick Kipilings’s head
Into a cup of worms,

But I’m not
So I’ll just keep rambling
And write vague threats
To Armitage and Duffy.

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Gray Nicholls

Wed 27th Nov 2013 13:00

thanks phillip. i am a little dyslexic and you are right. will get onto this when i can but thanks again.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 23rd Nov 2013 16:34

I must arise and go now...
:-)

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Gray Nicholls

Fri 22nd Nov 2013 12:49

Bugger. I meant Keats! lol Thanks for pointing it out M.C.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 21st Nov 2013 15:57

Wot - no Keats?!
:-))

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Gray Nicholls

Thu 21st Nov 2013 13:02

thanks for the comments, guys.

i have now amended the little slip from teats to yeats but glad you all enjoyed it.



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Cate Greenlees

Wed 20th Nov 2013 12:42

So no Tiger Tiger burning bright for you then? Never mind... I enjoyed reading this. AND I enjoyed reading the comments! lol
Cate xx

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Harry O'Neill

Wed 20th Nov 2013 00:12



If you take those `teats` out it wouldn`t be fair to Tennyson...Leave them in and give him a thrill!

I like the humility of it.

Rose Casserley

Tue 19th Nov 2013 21:22

'other lunchtime(s)with Teats.Describes my now grown up baby's once favourite time of day-lol! very good poem.No doubt thou shall correcteth thy typo.x

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 19th Nov 2013 17:14

Verse 3 - line 2: I trust this refers to "Keats"!
As for sticking Kipiling's (sic) head into a cup of worms...
no comment. But he lost his own son to the war
that took Owen and his lines about "Tommy Atkins"
were full of pride about the ordinary British
soldier of his own day.

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