Poems

John Whitworth: Three Poems

Being Nice  You don’t say kick the bucket, you say gone to his abode. You don’t say he’s a Tory, say he’s middle of the road, Nor yet he’s rich as Croesus, rather tolerably well-heeled, And if he’s bloody ignorant, just say it’s not his field.   Don’t say she’s hellish ugly, say her face shows character. Say her pooch is really perfect, not a miserable cur. Don’t say her flat is tiny, say it’s bijou and compact. A gloss should always cover up a bald, unpleasant fact.   Don’t say the man’s a pederast, just say he likes the kids.…

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