1 day ago

As the guests arrive
The hostess is in her element
Queen of her domain
...Or is it the sitting room?

Anyone for gin and tonic?

But as the evening wears on
The polite smiles
Of the mismatched couple
Dissolve with the drink

Cheesy pineapple one?

And when the sniping starts
The others are caught in the cross-fire
As they sit
On the couch
...Or is it the sofa?

Who's for a top up?

Things get nasty
He snaps at her
And she spits venom
From her very beautiful lips.

Go on, have a cigarette!

And in between
The barbed comments
The vicious put downs
And the excruciating anecdotes
Which go nowhere...

Are those moments
Which pass in seconds
(But feel like hours)
Where there is nothing
But awkward silence...

-Broken only
By the sound of music
Coming through the wall

From Abigail's Party.

RIP Demis Roussos (1946-2015)

2 days ago

Who better to visit this distant place,
Than the man who found it was there?
There'll be time to sample the atmosphere,
Then go on to who knows where...

Jan 15

Beautiful, but deadly
Intelligent, yet tough
I need you, Mrs Peel
And I just can't get enough.

The TV producer Brian Clemens died earlier this week. Before conceiving the hit series "The Professionals", he had been one of the major creative forces behind "The Avengers". After Honor Blackman left the show, it was Clemens who chose Diana Rigg to play one of my favourite TV heroines: the high-kicking, karate-chopping Emma Peel!

Jan 4

A shipwreck in the distance,
Two figures at the fore,
But, reflect upon the spot
And you'll find even more.

I love anamorphic art. "Mysterious Island" is one such work by the artist István Orosz.

Dec 28, 2014

The Christmas turkey is finally gone,
Time for a stretch and a yawn.
Later, I'll pop round the neighbours,
And do a big poo on their lawn.

My cats love Christmas.

For legal reasons, I must stress that I do not condone their behaviour in other people's gardens!
Dec 24, 2014

Lights are up, it's getting colder,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Sodding sound of Noddy Holder,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Office parties, clink of glasses,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Photocopy tits and arses,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Guests arrive whilst I cook pheasant,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Feign a smile for shitty present,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Food is served, they take their places,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Watch them stuff their fucking faces,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Pull a cracker, read joke from it,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Eaten too much, want to vomit,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Wave as they all disappear,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Glad that's over till next year,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Ebenezer Higgs apologises to all at HP for recycling this stingy effort (yet again) but promises to come up with something new when time permits.

In the mean time...
Merry Christmas to all at HP and have a very happy New Year.
Dec 20, 2014

The showgirl and the Viscount.
She challenges what he's said.
A single phrase is uttered
And deference is dead.

RIP Mandy Rice-Davies (1944-2014)

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