'Double' Act!

'Double' Act !

 

In Nineteen Ninety Four,

a young man took the floor

for the television show, “Stars in Their Eyes”!

He was, ‘hips-to-feet’ in plaster

as he struggled out, to master

his new crutches, in a bid to win the prize.

 

The host (then), Matthew Kelly

introduced him on the ‘telly’,

saying “Simon, what a plucky guy you are.

I’ve been told, a year ago,

you were driving in the snow

with your Uncle - but, alas you crashed your car.”

 

Simon nodded, “That is so.

I was injured: head to toe. 

Yet survived, although my Uncle, sadly died.

Surgeons kept me from the grave

and my legs, they tried to save,

but they failed in this, no matter how they tried.”

 

Matthew gasped aloud, “Oh, wow!

But I see you have legs now. 

Are they artificial ones, to get about?”

“Oh, no!”, Simon replied

“You see, although my uncle died

his legs remained in ‘perfect nick’ throughout.

 

Science has ‘technology’

to graft his bottom-half to me

- 1 his legs would then ‘go on’ to let me walk.

So the the twelve-hour operation

(hailed a ‘surgical sensation’ )

was successful ‘cos I’m stood here, as I talk.

 

After physiotherapy

I’ll be the best that I could be

when I’ll walk, un-aided (as I used to do).

But Uncle stood, just ‘five- foot-four’

so I’m now shorter than before

and, where I once took one step, I'm needing two!

 

And he also ‘liked a drink’

(a bit too much of one, I think!)

so I’m banned from ever having one of those.

For booze would have a bad effect

and cause my waist-down to ‘reject’.

(There’s many ways of getting ‘leg-less’, I suppose!)”

 

The audience applauded

and his courage, Matthew lauded.

Then asked Simon, “So, tonight, who will you be?”

“Simon and Half-Uncle!” was his reply.

“And the song, you’re going to try?”

“I’m an Abridged, Sober, Troubled Walker!”, said he!

 

John Andrew Nield ('Chestnuts Reroasted'!)

Dark humourhumorous poetryhumorous versehumour

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John Andrew Nield

Tue 9th Jul 2019 12:03

Thanks for that, Mindy. Hope I didn't 'tug your rope' too hard! 😆
Just flipped through some of your samples (Flfft, Flfft, Flfft!) - and loved 'em! Great rhyme and meter. Thank you! They're so often neglected these days (much to my constant annoyance!). For me, these 2 elements are major challenges in their application without compromising the verse content. You've achieved both!

<Deleted User> (22247)

Tue 9th Jul 2019 11:43

I always feel like I've been led around with a ring through my nose when I read you!
But thanks for the exercize!

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