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Copyright ©2018

Eddie Thompson has asserted his Right under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.

This book is a work of fiction and except in the case of historical fact any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

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Contents



Short Ones

Limericks

Six-liners

Long Ones

Longer Ones

Epilogue





“I’d rather encounter a weaker poem keenly felt

than a clever one that leaves me cold.”1

Nichole Brown





1In Kristen Roupenian reviewing ‘The Kiss’, Brian Turner Ed. TLS February 9th 2018.





This book is dedicated to the memory of my mother,

Mabel Parry Jones





Also by Eddie Thompson



Poetry Lite

Poetry Free Range

Poetry Decaffed





ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Eddie Thompson is an expatriate Manxman who settled in Milton Keynes with Enid, his Welsh wife, and daughters Kirsty and Gill in 1981 (so not quite pioneers) after serving twenty-six years in the army.

After confidence boosting three-minute appearances in open mike sessions in ‘Tongue in Chic’ performances in Wolverton, hosted by Mark Niel, Milton Keynes’ Poet Laureate, he decided to put his verses into print. He continues to quarry a rich seam.

He thanks Peter for once again giving his time and talent to marry up his delightful art work to the poems.





INTRODUCTION



This is poetry plain, nothing grand,

Nothing serious, it’s border-line bland,

It’s easy listening, nothing severe,

Whatever it is, it’s not hard on the ear,

What you get is what’s on the tin,

It’s semi-skimmed, it’s pretty thin.



March ’18





SHORT ONES



These verses are short - Christmas cracker length,

And it may be said with confidence, brevity is their strength,

They’re my observations of life, laced with a sprinkling of jollity,

And it may be said with confidence, they’re Christmas cracker quality.





SHORT ONES



Contents



Winter’s Coming

Christmas in Guess Where

The Festive Season 2014

Cocoa 3

Paris, Peckham and Newport Pagnell

Time and Space

The Thomases

A Class Act

Having Fun with Physics

Our Afternoon Nap

A Rich or Poor Education?

To Be or Not to Be?

A Toast to Andy, Jenny and Family

What’s it All About?

Rachel

Socking It To Us

Alliteration

Celebrity

Hugs 3

Hanging On

I Think One’s Out of Favour

For Learners of English

In the Black Country Museum

For Disturbing Dreams



WINTER’S COMING



Winter’s coming,

Look to your plumbing,

Don’t forget, get it flagged,

Keep your pipes (and legs) well lagged.





CHRISTMAS IN GUESS WHERE



Eat up honey, it’s turkey roast and trifle,

And your Daddy’s gone and bought you an automatic rifle.





THE FESTIVE SEASON 2014



It was the second week in December,

And the festive season beckoned

Roll on I thought (how well I remember),

January the second.



Jan ’15





COCOA 3



So you’re looking for a decent drink?

Yes, I know what you mean, nudge nudge, wink wink,

You have lost your libido, as we sometimes do,

Take heart my good friend, it’s COCOA for you.





PARIS, PECKHAM AND NEWPORT PAGNELL



Spied on the side of a yellow van,

Fired of course by a ‘Del Boy’ fan,2

Paris, Peckham and Newport Pagnell,

It really is a poetic creation,

Just look at that alliteration.





2‘Del Boy’, a character in the popular TV sitcom, ‘Only Fools and Horses’.

TIME AND SPACE



Potter punts the ball wide,

Out to Powell, famed for his pace,

Who has eons of time and acres of space;

He is also, sadly, off-side.





THE THOMASES



Dylan Thomas, Edward Thomas, RS Thomas,

Poets everyone,

What is it with these Thomases?

They sing a solemn song.





A CLASS ACT



A woman I know has gone lah-de-dah,

For her the word yes, is now pronounced ‘Yah’.





HAVING FUN WITH PHYSICS



It gives enjoyment an added dimension,

A full pint of Guinness, with surface tension.





OUR AFTERNOON NAP



Enid’s enjoying her afternoon nap,

I’ve just come out of mine

It’s one of the joys of ageing together,

The upside of a gentle decline.





A RICH OR POOR EDUCATION?



Against your education

you should hold an animosity,

If it failed to install in you

a keen curiosity.





TO BE OR NOT TO BE?



I don’t know what it is to ‘be’,

I know that I am,

That’s enough for me.





A TOAST TO ANDY, JENNY AND FAMILY



May you always be in harmony, whatever your tune,

And to the key of E minor may you all be immune.

Jan ‘05

On the birth of their second son.





WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?



To love and be loved, that’s what it’s all about

Alfie, if asked again, have that answer up your sleeve,

Look them in the eye and shout,

To love and be loved, that’s what I believe.





RACHEL



It was in the audiology department,

That to Rachel (alto and audiologist) my heart went

I could offer no resistance, as into my head she stole,

Then inwardly groaned as she told me, there’s wax in my left ear ‘ole.





SOCKING IT TO US



Yes, we all have varied interests,

And different persuasions,

But there’s a shop in Newport-Pagnell

Selling socks for all occasions. (?)





ALLITERATION



Don’t be averse when versifying

To a little alliteration,

It’s an unwritten rule,

It’s almost an obligation.





CELEBRITY



When we were young, had we the temerity,

It would have been met with the utmost severity

From our parents and peers, who with brutal brevity,

Would have mocked a desire to become a celebrity.





HUGS 3




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