Gray’s allergy what’s that

it’s not allergy it’s an elegy

well what’s Gray’s Elegy then

it’s a kind of sad poem about

people who die and the poem

works because it’s atmospheric


does that mean creepy you know

graveyards and all that kind of stuff

no death was viewed more soberly

back in 1742 when the poem was first

penned as people expressed their

sadness at the demise of close kin


well why was it written in some old

churchyard then and not indoors

perhaps it was written up at his

home but first Gray had to capture

the right mood why not go out to

our local churchyard yourself one


day and try using your imagination

yes I’m popping down to the village

in a mo’ to meet my friend Sarah

well don’t get up to any hanky panky

you’re a bit too young for girlfriends

and look out for any strange characters


grandpa what’s a curfew it means

you’ll be in a whole load of trouble if

you’re not back indoors by 8 o’ clock

young fellow and best you take an

umbrella in case it rains we don’t you

young people getting yourselves wet


the lad gets his coat mumbling away to

himself: the curfew tolls the knell

of parting day the lowing herd winds slowly

o’er the lea the ploughman homeward plods

his weary way and leaves the world to

darkness and to me …………………………….


With acknowledgement to Thomas Gray the

poet and to any copyright holder(s) of today



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Dominic James

Sun 23rd Apr 2017 11:38

Good stuff, Phil, I better read some more of your work. Thanks for comment on the beer mat poem, ach, I see a weakness in the last line. Poems just won't lie down.

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Sat 8th Apr 2017 19:08

Thank you dear heart. Two small words of recognition and yet two lorry loads of encouragement. Appreciated. ???

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 8th Apr 2017 18:36

Love it!

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