I’m contributing a poem for inclusion in this anthology about you-know-what. It’s a parody of (or rather, a tribute to) Edward Thomas’s ‘Adlestrop’. You can find out more here.

Meanwhile, here’s a little tribute to John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever’:

I must go down to the pub again, to the lovely bar in the snug,
And all I ask is a pint of beer and a dog upon the rug,
And the hand-pump’s groan and the barmaid’s grin,
And the grey beard on the landlord’s face, and Aunty with a gin.

I must go down to the pub again, for the call of the local cider
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a friend or two with the jolly banter flying,
And a packet of crisps by my lips and someone else who’s buying.

I’m still writing parodies of well-known poems which get shared with other poets and with those on my ‘sonnet’ email list. If anyone has a suggestion for a poem to parody, do comment.


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