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    "Can you lend me sixpence"
    Is all I found it it took,
    To throw me hat into the ring,
    an' maybe write a book
    "Can you lend me sixpence"
    is all that it would cost
    to write a leery theory
    wouldn't it............ "Dear boss"?

    So when the barrels bottom
    is inevitably scraped
    I'll just tap out some tat about
    a princely bunch of grapes
    and if the rabid masses think
    that .."this is not enough.."
    I may (brick)write a diary,
    or I may accuse Van Gogh

    As Druitt bowls to Chapman
    front footed Chapman drives
    beyond the flailin' Cohen
    an' 6 other ones besides
    Its fielded on the boundary
    thrown back into the square
    where mitred minions look agog
    at ghosts just flittin' there

    "In or out"? the legions shout
    as shattered stumps lay low
    but most just simply shake their heads
    cos no-one really knows
    Swanson says "Its marginal"
    "might not be out at all"
    McNaughtons memorandum?...
    he simply can't recall

    Another timeless test match,
    its ending in a draw
    In parlance It is "Over"
    Cos no -one ever saw
    The ghostly opening batsman
    Who could not sweep it ..but
    If any side would bowl one wide..
    Crikey..He could cut!
    Last edited by andy1867; 06-02-2017, 12:02 PM.

  • #2
    I liked that, Andy.


    • #3
      I liked it, too. Great poem with, fittingly for a Yorkshire-based poet, a clever cricketing thread flowing through it.

      Speaking of threads, I love the "Books Row" title for this one
      Kind regards, Sam Flynn

      "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)


      • #4
        Andy, I only noticed your Sheffield connection when Gareth mentioned Yorkshire.

        Barnaby and Boycott!


        • #5
          Originally posted by Robert View Post
          I liked that, Andy.
          i liked it, too, it's very amusing. Thanks for sharing.

          Has anyone noticed that each new JTR book or documentary is received well by the public, only to be forgotten once the next one comes by?
          Pat D.
          Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.