poet Roger McGough

Roger McGough

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Goodbat Nightman

God bless all policemen
and fighters of crime,
May thieves go to jail
for a very long time.

They've had a hard day
helping clean up the town,
Now they hang from the mantelpiece
both upside down.

A glass of warm blood
and then straight up the stairs,
Batman and Robin
are saying their prayers.

* * *

They've locked all the doors
and they've put out the bat,
Put on their batjamas
(They like doing that)

They've filled their batwater-bottles
made their batbeds,
With two springy battresses
for sleepy batheads.

They're closing red eyes
and they're counting black sheep,
Batman and Robin
are falling asleep.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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  • banana (9/5/2019 10:02:00 AM)

    ew ew ew ew I know this poet could do better

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    Leah Jacob(9/5/2019 10:03:00 AM)

    Bitxch vdkdff

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  • MR DUDE (9/27/2018 3:07:00 PM)

    A M A Z I N G! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1

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  • Ice Smith (1/9/2018 1:46:00 PM)

    It's cute and endearing

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/6/2015 3:21:00 PM)

    fun to read, puts a smile on my face, and don't we all need a bit of funny to help us along

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    Joe BainesJoe Baines(5/26/2017 6:01:00 AM)

    die alone

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  • Peter Richards (9/3/2011 12:37:00 PM)

    There is a very great deal of allusion to this:
    http: //allpoetry.com/poem/8518995-Vespers-by-A.A._Milne

    For McGough's immediate audience in Britain when his poem was written, 'Vespers' was probably so well known as to render accreditation unnecessary. Handy info for any student types that pop in here though?

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  • Clesec Swahn (11/7/2009 5:08:00 PM)

    That has got to be one of the best poems I have ever read.

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  • Tomas PratoTomas Prato (2/10/2006 2:58:00 AM)

    Jolly and exquisite. Who doesnt like Batman and Robin? The poet has captured the flavour of the child's response to these two adorable comic heroes. Superb!

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  • Pupils Furzedown Primary (11/18/2004 3:54:00 AM)

    We like your poem because it is funny and joyfull

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  • Lenchen Elf (11/12/2004 5:40:00 PM)

    Still makes me laugh.

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