Mug’s worth

Mugwort is to goitre
as samphire is to rash,
and watercress to canker
as chervil is to gash.

‘Ecod’, says Herby, brightening,
‘is that a cough I hear?
Try some summer lightning
with a swig of tansy beer.’

Herby Gardner and his partner
do a roaring trade,
making up concoctions
for the mentally deranged.


 

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