Travelling Light, Travelling Right #poem #poetry

To continue my first line poems, this week it is the third most popular poem as voted by the BBC’s viewers, The Listeners by Walter de la Mare. Enjoy.

Is there anybody there, said the traveller

Because I really need the loo;

The sign is clear, unambiguous, 

For the many not the few. 

It’s not a function of the state

To tell me when to go

My body ain’t so politic 

But it has some rights, you know.

It’s free to breathe, this air of ours

It’s not yours to take or tax

We’ll mind our precious oxygen,

Our guard, we’ll not relax.

For I might be from the dispossessed

A clan that’s been sidelined

Whose every move is criticised

And motives oft maligned.

I’m just a bloke, a traveller

Don’t judge me by my skin

I’m cold, and really fit to bust;

For f**k sake let me in.

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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9 Responses to Travelling Light, Travelling Right #poem #poetry

  1. Ritu says:

    This did make me giggle and reminded me… I must dash to the loo!!!

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  2. The original has been a great favourite of mine for many years. I knew it by heart and loved the conversations that it caused in classes of 12 and 13 year olds. Your version would bring about a different, but highly amusing, conversation I’m sure 🙂

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  3. Cherilyn says:

    Awesome 🙂

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  4. Travel Love Kai says:

    Great fun had to laugh

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