The Message In The Bottle #poetry #toppoets

A while ago I took up a challenge to rewrite a famous poem, keeping the first line and structure but then using my imagination to rewrite the ode.

Today’s attempt is a rewrite of GK Chesterton’s The Donkey. It’s first line is

When fishes flew and forests walked

And this is my humble attempt

When fishes flew and forests walked

Cool sunbeams oozing from each trunk

I had become, despite my fears

That rarest man: the Happy Drunk


I’d started out with just one aim

To make my life much easier

Damping down my febrile thoughts

Until the inevitable amnesia


But life has a habit of biting back

And I’m no heroic Wild Rover

Just a middle-aged man with stinky breath

And a brain destroying hangover.

And what does Dog think?

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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30 Responses to The Message In The Bottle #poetry #toppoets

  1. Ritu says:

    😂 another good job, His Geoffleship!

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  2. Top drawer! And you gave Dog a grin too!!

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    One of my dad’s favourites 💜

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  4. KL Caley says:

    😂 Good stuff. KL ❤️

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  5. I think that is a doggone thumbs up!

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  6. Fun. Tummy rubs for Mylo!

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  7. Darlene says:

    You got the dogs attention!! Well done.

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    Dog’s face says it all!

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  9. arlingwoman says:

    Dog is happy without drink, I think…

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  10. 🙂 Much fun, have a wonderful day x

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