Vernon Scannell

Vernon Scannell Poems

1. The Loving Game 9/8/2015
2. Wife Killer 1/13/2003
3. Juan In Middle Age 1/13/2003
4. Makers And Creatures 1/13/2003
5. The Terrible Abstractions 1/13/2003
6. Death In The Lounge Bar 1/13/2003
7. A City Remembered 1/13/2003
8. The Men Who Wear My Clothes 1/13/2003
9. Silver Wedding 1/13/2003
10. Where Shall We Go? 1/13/2003
11. Lesson In Grammar 1/13/2003
12. They Did Not Expect This 1/13/2003
13. Ageing Schoolmaster 1/13/2003
14. Incendiary 1/13/2003
15. Schoolroom On A Wet Afternoon 1/13/2003
16. A Case Of Murder 1/13/2003
17. Nettles 1/13/2003

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  • Malcolm Wakeman Malcolm Wakeman (4/20/2014 12:50:00 AM)

    'Nettles ' An original and perceptive work, finding the philosophical in the prosaic. What father would not have cut down the nettles and not reflected on his son's future.

  • Betsy Hosegood (10/21/2013 5:12:00 AM)

    Please add A Day on the River, which is fabulous.

Best Poem of Vernon Scannell


My son aged three fell in the nettle bed.
'Bed' seemed a curious name for those green spears,
That regiment of spite behind the shed:
It was no place for rest. With sobs and tears
The boy came seeking comfort and I saw
White blisters beaded on his tender skin.
We soothed him till his pain was not so raw.
At last he offered us a watery grin,
And then I took my billhook, honed the blade
And went outside and slashed in fury with it
Till not a nettle in that fierce parade
Stood upright any more. And then I lit
A funeral pyre to burn the fallen dead,
But in ...

Read the full of Nettles


That one small boy with a face like pallid cheese
And burnt-out little eyes could make a blaze
As brazen, fierce and huge, as red and gold
And zany yellow as the one that spoiled
Three thousand guineas' worth of property
And crops at Godwin's Farm on Saturday
Is frightening---as fact and metaphor:
An ordinary match intended for
The lighting of a pipe or kitchen fire

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