Life Lessons

Jane Dougherty has a regular poetry challenge. This one – the Novo Otto – has echoes of my favourite sonnets so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

There were tasks when I were a lad

That I was taught by my old dad

Like tieing shoes and how to pee

In the upright style of we guys

But there’s one, and no surprise

He failed to explain to little me

‘Go ask your mum,’ he would respond

Which left me dumb, full of despond

So I never learnt of birds and bees

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at and welcome all comments. 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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16 Responses to Life Lessons

  1. There are some very good books you could probably borrow from your local library…

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  2. gordon759 says:

    Our father knew of the birds and the bees,
    What nested where and what it’s call,
    Bird’s nest in hedge, bee’s nest in wall,
    Of their mating, quite a bit,
    But of euphemisms, not a wit!

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  3. Miriam says:

    Great job. Made me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Norah says:

    Doesn’t sound like the brother will be any help either! Amusing. Well done.

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  5. merrildsmith says:

    Made me chuckle. 🙂


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