Now here’s a harmless piece of fun. This month’s Guardian Poetry Workshop involves warping a proverb and incorporating seven out of ten listed words. Here’s my first effort which is also an act of avoidance. I should be writing my end of course essay for my Twentieth century Literature course.
It’s harder for a ghost to go to a barbeque
than for a bull
to go through a hole in the hedge
because ghosts like to shimmer
and they are afraid
of being beaten to pulp
by mother as she prepares the steaks
and cuts up tomatoes with a sharp knife.
Ghosts are also afraid of being pushed into the pool
by dad after he’s had too much to drink.
But bulls like to dance and will waggle their rumps
until they get through to the other side.