Reasons to be cheerful (really)

Ok so there has been a fair bit of gloom about the year just gone but what better way to put it to bed than a bit of poetryย 

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch

To say 2016’s been a wretch

A year to remember as forgettable.

There never seemed to be a day

Without some hero passing away

Making watching the news rather regrettable.


On the wide global scene

Things became rather mean

With conflicts at home and abroad.

While some were political

And rather predictable

They were still a lot to absorb.


Rio shadowed its heros and hugs

With the spectre of state sponsored drugs

Which turned its gold into poo.

And being parochial

I admit to a choke full

Of bile when Iceland won through.


And the horrors continued

Straining sanity’s sinews

With the sight of a triumphant Farage;

On referendum night

When our hopes all took flight

The future became a mirage.


It was just a one off

A political cough

Not full-blown voter dementia.

The Yanks aren’t that stupid

To play electoral Cupid

With an orange-hued strain of ‘fluenza.


But Trump all he did,

The man with that lid

Proving to many that reason’s all gone,

And since that moment he’s shown

His true colours, as he’s grown

Close pals with Russia’s Mad Don.


But was it really all bad?

Are there reasons not to be sad.

After all, dear readers we’re still here.

And there’s no World War Three

And of pandemics we’re free

So, breath in, and toast the New Year.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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39 Responses to Reasons to be cheerful (really)

  1. Quick! Before the first catastrophe kicks in. For some it’s already started.

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  2. Jane Risdon says:

    Happy 2017 and keep on blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Mary Smith says:

    Are you sure there’s no World War Three?

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    • TanGental says:

      Not quite yet. Unbelievably I read 2016 was the first calendar year since 1968 and only the second since 1945 when no British service personnel were lost in combat. Perhaps the rest of the world is fighting but at long last we don’t seem to be.

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  4. Still breathing here…ok, they are deep, relaxing, deliberate breaths, but still… I have a lot of optimism, I think we will emerge. โค๏ธ

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  5. Eileen says:

    WW III is being played out in Syria. Great summing up of 2016……good luck on 2017!

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  6. All the very best for 2017.

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    So, breath in, and toast the New Year.
    Really? it’s still early days my dear !
    Great pathos as always Geoffle! xxxx

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  8. Erika Kind says:

    Yes, exactly! There were not only bad things happening. It is sad if only look at them! For example one of the highlights last June: The Blogger Bash ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Al Lane says:

    The only positive I can see about 2016 is that it didn’t include this poem… ๐Ÿ˜›

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  10. dgkaye says:

    Brilliant! Happy New Year Geoff. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Giulia says:

    Hey ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy new year! So, I was tagged in and just wrote a post on a New Years Q&A and Iโ€™ve tagged you to do the same. Find it here:


  12. Ah, yes. We’re still alive and kicking. That’s all I can say. Great poem, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the smile. Happy New Year! ๐ŸŽ‰

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  13. jan says:

    Nicely done! Of course, nothing is all bad. We can always hope that Trump is at least useless, a figure head like the Queen.

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  14. Yes, we’re still here Geoff, and that’s always something to celebrate! Happy New Year to you and yours. Keep on smiling!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Happy new year to you! Wishing you a great 2017!

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  16. Sacha Black says:

    That was brilliant and funny! Although I reckon WWIII is still on the horizon! but then I always was a conspiracist ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

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