Tom Billsborough

Gold Star - 83,781 Points (Preston Lancashire England)

No More Camping - Poem by Tom Billsborough

One day,
My canvas tent,
It blew away.
I do not know to what ex-tent.
It briefly flapped like Hamlet's ghost,
Or mizzen sail,
Or some great sea-bird on the gale.
Camping was a sudden non-event.
A nearby stream now broke its bank
And I was stuck
And dank in clinging mud
Like some Jemima puddle duck.
That's why I left those poles apart,
And sodden sleeping bag.
I lit a fag
And then resolved to seek a life of leisure.
A great four-poster was my motto.
A warm bed leasuring my grotto,
And warmer ladies, to be sure.
Come on you Lizzies and you Sadies,
There's room enough for four.
No camping on a treacherous slope.
A horizontal dream is mine. And hope!

Topic(s) of this poem: disaster

Form: Light Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Two sons of a friend pitched their tent advisedly on a slope and were hit by a flash flood. I might add that the nearest I came to camping was a Wigwam in the garden!

Comments about No More Camping by Tom Billsborough

  • Annette Aitken (9/18/2017 5:10:00 PM)

    Tom, this one made me smile, and I can just see you there lighting up your fag, with the ladies all around you.. A good fun one here.

    Anna x
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    Tom Billsborough (9/19/2017 12:41:00 AM)

    But where would I stub out my ciggy? Mmm.. I remember a Ken Dodd joke. Oh sorry, love, I thought it was an ashtray!

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  • Robert Murray Smith (9/13/2017 4:06:00 PM)

    Tom, being a poet can be fun when you can write about a friend's sons. Any event involving a tent makes me run.10

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    Tom Billsborough (9/14/2017 3:38:00 AM)

    I'm with you there, Robert. I believe in creature comforts, though four in a bed might be a bit exacting at my age!

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/13/2017 3:50:00 PM)

    Canvas tent blew away and this provoked thought. Disaster brought agony and sadness. We hope still all are fine after hurricane. We offer our prayers for safe living...10 (Report) Reply

    Tom Billsborough (9/13/2017 4:07:00 PM)

    The alleged high winds last night failed to turn up. Thank goodness. Loved your last poem, Kumarmani, with the five finger image.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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