Eeyore goes on holiday


2015-12-22 11.28.09

A view from the hill over the city today – much more my thing

There are days when I’m a bit of a Eeyore. I know, that’s hard to believe but the other day I posted a poem I wrote about a beach holiday we took to the Caribbean and I suspect you will have gathered it wasn’t exactly something I’d have willingly put on my bucket (and spade) list.

Still with an appropriate amount of Bah! Humbug still in the air I have condensed those feelings to this sonnet. So you understand fully the Disco Junk was a party boat that cruised past every afternoon making life, if possible, slightly more miserable.

Sonnet of Sand



The Disco Junk thrums past, a rainbow

On the puckered sea. Rock-like skulls,

Guano iced, are parliament to trilling gulls

Eyeing the coral fish, flashing their tarty show.

Cinnamon frosted babies, paint the beach

With plastic spades; eyeless parents, basted

For spit roasting; happy to have wasted

Their nurtured cash on dark staining their peach

White flesh. Seven days of frantic relaxation,

Spent anxiously checking for zebra stripes,

Are reward for a year’s dead-eyed toil. Gripes

Are banned; they have their compensation

In the form of cheap booze-induced comas

And the first stirrings of a melanoma.

I was inspired to write this by Esther Newton’s Monday Motivations. Please check out her blog for other stimuli. 

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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7 Responses to Eeyore goes on holiday

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Yikes! You did not like them! Hehe! They would have pissed me off too.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    A lesson learned? Merry Christmas, Geoff! Wishing you and your folks lots of good stuff in 2016. 🙂


  3. Annecdotist says:

    I connect with your distaste at the artificiality, and the pressure to not only enjoy, but to be seen to do so. Holidays are pretty complex things, and often not as they first seem. I prefer the unscheduled pleasures of the ordinary.

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