Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

Literature, Poetry, and Books

Wendy Cope

Here Wendy Cope explains why those who try to write poetry should also read poetry.  Here she reads her poem Flowers (click on the red arrow for the audio).  And here she suggests that if you like her poems you should buy them (and not read them on the internet!).  Although I have bought them, here is a one I like:

A Reading

Everybody in this room is bored.
The poems drag, the voice and gestures irk.
He can't be interrupted or ignored.

Poor fools, we came here of our own accord
And some of us have paid to hear this jerk.
Everybody in the room is bored.

The silent cry goes up, 'How long, O Lord?'
But nobody will scream or go berserk
He won't be interrupted or ignored

Or hit by eggs, or savaged by a horde
Of desperate people maddened by his work.
Everybody in the room is bored,

Except the poet.  We are his reward,
Pretending to indulge his every quirk.
He won't be interrupted or ignored.

At last it's over.  How we all applaud!
The poet thanks us with a modest smirk.
Everybody in the room was bored.
He wasn't interrupted or ignored.

Discussions - 2 Comments

That made my day!

"Flowers" is lovely. I have had to go back to read it again several times, including this morning, which means I must go buy the book.

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