Bloke Walks Into a Pub
Is this the place for the poetry night?
Is it you that’s in charge?
Can you put me down for a spot on the open mic?
It’s Publius, but I use the stage name Virgil.
Can you put me on early?
I’m a little bit nervous.
I haven’t read for two thousand years.
Three minutes, is that all?
I was hoping to do a longer one.
It’s called The Aeneid.
I’ll just do book two.
There’s a good bit in that
where a guy gets killed by snakes.
I think you’ll like it.
It’s in Latin, by the way.
Is that alright?
(From my pamphlet, 'Killing the Piano', which was launched two years ago yesterday)