THE RED WHEELBARROW

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(It seems it is my fate to improve works of inferior poets.  In this case I have taken that dose of dross by that WC Fields bloke and given it a make-over.  No need to thank me).

 

I’m being followed by a wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow.

Pulling my chickens in a wheelbarrow,

Wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow.

 

And if tha wond’rin’ “Is it red?”

Please thissen. I’ve not said.

And if you tha wond’rin’ “Is it red?”

Thou’ll have to imagine for thissen;

It’s all inside thi ‘ead.

 

I’m being followed….

 

And if tha thinks it’s got two wheels

Say, one that’s free and one that squeals,

And it tha thinks it’s got two wheels

It’s up to thissen to please thissen

And please thissen what tha feels.

 

I’m being followed…

 

And is it a slow un or else a quick un?

Depends on if it got some bricks in

And is it a slow un or else a quick un?

It’s certainly slower when it’s bricks in

But quickens if it’s just chickens.

 

Aye, t’builders bricks are heavy

But chickens ‘s dead light

T’bricks are sort o’ reddy

While t’chickens they are white.

 

I’m being followed by a wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow.

Pulling my chickens in a wheelbarrow,

Wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow.

◄ NIGEL FARAGE

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John Coopey

Sun 28th Apr 2019 17:43

Thanks Martin.

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Martin Elder

Sun 28th Apr 2019 15:17

Very clever John.
Nice one mate

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John Coopey

Sun 28th Apr 2019 11:10

Thanks, Steve. I am delighted to say that both of my kids are not quite right in the head too. Are you not posting anymore?

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John Coopey

Sun 28th Apr 2019 10:28

Quite right, Kevin. I think our poetic genius is likewise not to be found in our poetry. I keep mine in a Fry’s chocolate biscuit tin in my shed.
Graham - I have always been at the cutting edge of avant-Garden. (I was going to amend this spell-check but realised it had got it right).

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 28th Apr 2019 10:12

You going all avant-garde again Coop?

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kJ Walker

Sun 28th Apr 2019 10:09

Apologies John, I wasn't aware of William Carlos Williams's's's original work. I have googled it and now understand where you are coming from. I also found this snippet, by way of explanation.

"Of course you can't figure it out by studying the text. The clues aren't there. This poem was meant to be appreciated only by a chosen literary elite, only by those who were educated"

Maybe it wasn't a big load of tosh after all, but just wasn't meant for the likes of you and I.

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John Coopey

Sun 28th Apr 2019 09:51

A simple rule, JH:-
If your foreplay incorporates a feather, it’s erotic.
If it involves the whole chicken, it’s illegal.

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Jonathan Humble

Sun 28th Apr 2019 09:46

Bloody genius …
(is pulling chickens legal?)

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John Coopey

Sun 28th Apr 2019 09:18

Thanks Kev. It’s a re-post of mine from a few years ago. I couldn’t resist having a laugh at William Carlos Williams’s’s “The Red Wheelbarrow”, held up as an icon of progressive poetic understatement and as big a load of tosh you find on a long day’s march. But you’re right -the tune was Cat Stevens.

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kJ Walker

Sun 28th Apr 2019 07:36

Very funny John, and a great improvement on the original. But surely (don't call me Shirley.. I know) the original was by Cat Stevens and not W.C Fields.
Either way, it's always a pleasure to hear your dulcet tones.

Cheers mate

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