As a small homage to those wonderful people the world over who provide us all with toilet facilities and in praise of World Toilet Day I give you my rewrite of After The Listeners, Walter de la Mare
Is there anybody there, said the traveller
To open up this loo?
It’s surely wrong that one must pay,
For our numbers one and two.
It’s not a function of the state
To limit where I go.
My body ain’t so politic
But it has some rights, you know.
If I’m caught, then my relief
Should be free at the point of use.
Just because the Exchequer’s bare,
To charge is no excuse.
It is a basic human right
This need to pee and poo;
The people’s stall and porcelain
Are for the many not the few.
Bladders come in big and small,
And bowels are many sized.
Open up the bloody lav,
Before I go cross-eyed.
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The Sincerest Form Of Poetry
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