the Deckchair Poem

This poem was meant to be a glorious thing,

To really take off, even sprout wings

But somewhere, somehow it took a wrong turn,

The vision got lost, the fuel failed to burn

So I switched phrases furiously, here and there

Sentences too, to give it more zest, flair

But I saw it wasn’t working, I began to panic,

It was like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.




Whenever my mother got in a state, she’d declare, “I feel like the wreck of the Hesperus, the Titanic and the Lusitania all rolled into one,” careful to keep things chronological. The old people they sure knew how to lay things on thick. But least they taught us the art of melodrama and not a little history.


* do you recall any sayings your parents or grandparents had?