Category: wordplay

The handmaid’s tale

Constance often rues the day
she took a job at Clark’s.
She’s on her feet from early morn
until the sky bedarks.

She cleans up after Delmar
and delouses Morton’s hair,
then she feeds ol’ grandpa
in his creaky baby chair.

Worst of all is Otis,
with his surly curt demeanour:
who’d have thunk a schoolboy
could be such a nasty schemer?

Constance labours night and day
in Clark’s infested hovel,
though she dreams that one day
it might produce a novel.

A gritty tale of squalor,
through the handmaid’s eyes:
just the sort of thing
to win the Booker Prize.



Pass the putty, Patsy,
don’t keep it to yourself.
We’re prinking Pedro’s parquet
and the putty really helps.

— I prefer to call it filler;
your term is slightly crude.
I’ll gladly pass the filler
but the p—y stays eschewed.

Hark at him, the logomach,
too grand to utter putty!
Just shift yer butt, fat Patsy,
or I’ll get a lot more smutty.


I spent the night at Cardew’s
cos the roads were blocked by trees:
Hurricane Tzatziki
brought the country to its knees.

Elmer’s Spicy Chicken
bore the brunt of Nature’s ire:
chicken wings and nuggets
now bedeck the old church spire.

The side of Twemlow’s toolshed
is bespattered with hot sauce
(typical of Twemlow
to gain from Elmer’s loss).

The road to Carbonara
is impassable, they say,
blocked by stricken cedars
that bestrew the sodden way.

I must go back to Cardew’s
once the roads are clear,
to thank them for the shelter
that they offered with good cheer.

I’ll also thank the Lord, of course,
by stopping by the church:
Praise the Lord for hurricanes,
and spicy chicken lunch.


Table talk

Twemlow leaned back in his chair, and said ‘Yes, gentlemen, the key to human happiness is to be content with very little. Make the most of the little you may have, and thank the good Lord for his infinite bounty.

As long as I have a bottle of champagne and a few sirloin steaks, the lack of Dijon mustard doesn’t bother me in the least. Even if the champagne is only a ’63, I’ll bridle, naturally, but I won’t let it detract from my happiness.

Of course, I could berate my sommelier and tweak his nose, but what’s the point? Likewise, my moutardier might usefully feel the weight of my boot on the seat of his pants — but no! Live and let live, I say.

Pass the garnish boat.


Putty galore

Putty, oh putty, I pen these lines
to praise your features many:
you fill my gaping chasms
and save me quite a penny.

Putty always fills the gap
where other fillers fail;
it dries in next to no time
and takes lacquer by the pail.

The world would be a better place
if beldams were like putty,
instead of being fractious,
rebarbative, and slutty.

Family ties

Riding back from Laramie
a thought besmote my head:
what if Grandpa Delmar
should be lying somewhere — dead!

Frantic now with morbid thoughts,
I bade my horse to speed,
I raced all through the ink-black night
upon the family steed.

Imagine how my heart leaped up
and danced like Fred Astaire,
when I heard Grandpa’s cries for help
— he’d fallen off his chair.

How strange the telepathic ties
that bind up families,
though they only seem to work
on the road from Laramie.


The extra mile

“— Fie upon thee, varlet,
in your fustian and comb,
I’ll not disburse a single groat,
till you have hied me home.

A fig for filthy lucre,
the devil’s lubricant!
Avaunt, and stop your hansom
where you see the monument.”

Mind you, I still had to pay the extra fare,
but it made me feel better at the time.