Influencing #poetry #poem

It’s been a while since I did one of these. Edward Thomas wrote Adlestrop which was voted the twentieth most popular poem in English by the BBC’s audience. This is the link to the original. This is my rewritten version, using the first line and the same meter and format.

Yes. I remember Adlestrop.

A knowall influencer whose

perfect abs and chiselled jaw

couldn’t hide his obnoxious views.


He’d post his stream of consciousness,

filling the ether day and night,

promoting a witchy brew that

was full of nothing except for shite.


Would I follow this lumpen prat?

I’d rather kiss a scaly frog,

or eat my spleen, or follow golf,

Or even pat a burning dog.

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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. 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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8 Responses to Influencing #poetry #poem

  1. gordon759 says:

    Made me think of one of my earlier blog posts;
    Which began with the poem, then wandered somewhat.


  2. Erika says:

    That was unequivocal that you are not his greatest fan… lol

    Liked by 2 people

  3. JT Twissel says:

    Rather follow golf? Oh my.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This is so good. Is it bad that Ive never heard of this poem before.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. The skill is in the genes

    Liked by 2 people

  6. willowdot21 says:

    This is scary..🐀

    Liked by 2 people

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