The Poetry Reading

de la Mare, did not care
and Cummings could not come
Auden sent his deep regrets
as did Betjeman.

Housman was a bit put out
by Yeats as absentee
who was with Thomas down the pub
drunk with Bukowski

so of my little soirée
is much best left unsaid
it serves me right I’m sad to say
for inviting just the dead.

Mid Life Nonsense Verse.

the midlife crisis came and went
without a million dollars spent
on plastic surgeons for my nose
or all too tight Italian clothes
a sports car never was my thing
nor watches, chains or diamond rings
no younger belle to ease my fears
of the advancing autumn years
the one nod to my advancing grief
was a change from boxer shorts to briefs.