Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

Tenuous And Precarious - Poem by Stevie Smith

Tenuous and Precarious
Were my guardians,
Precarious and Tenuous,
Two Romans.

My father was Hazardous,
Hazardous
Dear old man,
Three Romans.

There was my brother Spurious,
Spurious Posthumous,
Spurious was Spurious,
Was four Romans.

My husband was Perfidious,
He was Perfidious
Five Romans.
Surreptitious, our son,
Was Surreptitious,
He was six Romans.

Our cat Tedious
Still lives,
Count not Tedious
Yet.

My name is Finis,
Finis, Finis,
I am Finis,
Six, five, four, three, two,
One Roman,
Finis.


Comments about Tenuous And Precarious by Stevie Smith

  • (5/18/2014 12:49:00 PM)


    Brilliantly humorous write! Very nicely done! (Report) Reply

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  • (5/1/2007 3:52:00 AM)


    Clever, clever, clever. The purely intellectual side of me loves it adoremus (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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