Visions of love

They say that love is blind,
or short-sighted at least:
how else could I have married
a demented wildebeest?

They say that love is blind,
or at least a tad myopic.
I never would have married
if my eyes were emmetropic.

They say that love is blind,
or sees only with a squint:
that’s how you end up married
to a cruel and callous bint.

A horse of a woman

— Dash it all, Fidelma,
what’s a man to do,
when you’re standing in the paddock
and blocking all the view?

Could you be more circumspect,
a little less pronounced,
when we’re trying to observe
how the jockeys hold their mounts?

“It’s not my fault that I’m big-boned;
I’ve had a lousy life.
Ever since I married you,
I’ve been a slave to strife.”

— Just shift yer butt, Fidelma,
we don’t need your tales of woe,
but the jockeys must be ready
for the race at Neuf Château.

“You care more for your horses
than you ever did for me!
Is it any wonder
that beyond me you can’t see.”

— Now the jockeys are confused
by your equine weight:
if you don’t shift, Fidelma,
you’ll be at the starter’s gate.


News from Poole

Five new solar twemlows,
designed by Captain Sproole,
have won plaudits at the airshow
that’s delighting folk near Poole.

Each twemlow is a masterpiece,
a pleasure to the eye;
the very air adores them
as they beetle through the sky.

So if perchance a twemlow
should fall into your lap,
give it back to Captain Sproole,
the aeronautic chap.

The modality of digestive angst

Can Cardew’s Creamy Custard
cause a cardiac arrest?
Could Conway’s Crunchy Corn Cobs
cause a cancer to infest?

Do Delmar’s Dinky Donuts
deal a duodenal blow?
May Manning’s Mellow Muffins
melt the intestinal flow?

Must Moran’s Meaty Morsels
mean that measles must ensue?
Might Maxi’s Mega Melons
maim a mindless ingenue?

Should Sheldon’s Sugared Shellfish
shrink the shellfish devotee?
Will Wilma’s Waxy Wafers
wilt your willy when you wee?

Would that I could answer these
and many other questions,
but I’m just a ragged rhymester,
not a doctor of digestion.

For grandad

‘Never tease a weasel
while you’re slicing homemade bread,
and never shave your navel
while you’re standing on your head.’

Even after all these years
I still hear grandad’s words:
wild demented ravings
from the depths of the absurd.

He’s been dead for over thirty years,
but still his lesson’s plain:
there’s nothing so absurd
as a man who thinks he’s sane.

California dreaming

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya
‘bout the folks from California:
they’re as daft as rafts of otters in a stream.

Hither and yon they slip and slide,
with nary a thought for hair or hide,
they spend their lives on clouds of silver dreams.