There’s No Such Thing As A Free Innis #poetry #poem #wbyeats

Continuing my rewriting of the nation’s favourite poems, today we corrupt W.B. Yeats’ bit of fluff The Lake Isle Of Innisfree. Here’s a link to the original if you’re unfamiliar with it (lucky you). I almost studied this for my O level English back in 1973. A narrow escape which I hope the subject of my little attempt also achieves. 

I will arise and go now, and go to Innis-free

Unlike the last time I went, when that miserable sod 

Of a guard thought it might be fun to charge me

For the the privilege of seeing honey bees. I mean, fifteen bob


Can you credit it? Just because that poet fellow

Yeats, thought it was all peace and Linnet’s wings

Which makes you wonder if he had got himself all mellow

With a sneaky toke before things


Got all of a purple glow. He really needs

To take care what he ingests cos the poor

Bugger might end with an embolism, sowing death’s seeds

Somewhere in the deep heart’s core.

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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12 Responses to There’s No Such Thing As A Free Innis #poetry #poem #wbyeats

  1. Ritu says:

    Giggling at your next installment of poetic blasphemy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I know that poem off by heart, not this one, the real one……. I loved it but now it might never be the same again 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. JT Twissel says:

    I’m sure he was probably toking alright!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Is there an actual place called that? I always thought it was a figment of his imagination.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. KerryCan says:

    Oh, dear–I do love the original poem, know it by heart, and have actually dragged my poor husband to see the lake isle in person, so to speak. That doesn’t keep me from enjoying your iteration, though!

    Liked by 1 person

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