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A Poem by Norman223

Purely tongue in cheek!!



 Oh Lydia, Lydia, how can I get rid o'yer

 For when in desperation, we've tried separation

 How often we've found that we always get round

 To rushing back to each other, thereafter to smother

 Our faces with kisses, declaring that this is

 Because we are fools and we'll live by new rules.

 You'll talk and I'll listen, I see your eyes glisten.

  I feel my face burn -I then have to turn

And leave - 'cos you're nagging again


 D' you know what, Jason? These recriminations

 Are part of your nature, when you try to inflate your

 Failing position in a war of attrition

 You know you can't win, so why don't you give in?

 You've already admitted we both are committed 

To each other for life, in spite of the strife..

The ironing and cooking will stop me from looking

For another career - so year after year

I'll stay - 'cos I'm now just a chattel.

 Dear Father, dear Mother, You're having another

 Of your sessions of niggling, with each of you wriggling

 Away from the fact that its all a big act.

 So I thought I'd just mention that because of this tension.

 I now need a rest so I'm leaving this nest

 Now .don't start your crying and continually trying,

To say I'm to blame - you're always the same.

 So I'm off - 'cos I'm going to get married.

















© 2017 Norman223

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nicely done norman, had to laugh at the trials we endure in partnership far from fairytales. Pacy flow and well structured Norman down to a tee!!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thanks Andrew. I think a lot of healthy Oz larriking has rubbed off on me over the past 17 years... read more
andrew mitchell

1 Year Ago

thats a healthy thing turning to oz, almost a religion and to lose that stiff upper lip lol
Such a poetic way to say that if you love someone a lot, then you also hate them. This was funny and realistic at the same time. I really enjoy your humorous pieces, you're so good at it!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

As I watch my grandchildren in their rebellious teens, I see that things never change must .. read more
Family eh? Can't live with them...not allowed to kill 'em :)
Nicely done Norman, love the humour.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thanks Nemo. Did you notice the speed of pace in this poem?. I had to finish it before they kil.. read more
Family eh? Can't live with them...not allowed to kill 'em :)
Nicely done Norman, love the humour.

Posted 1 Year Ago

The niggling happens with many couples. I'm sure it gets frustrating when u live surrounded by the situation.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Having just celebrated , my 53rd anniversary, this was written purely as a"tongue in cheek exercis.. read more
Poetic Beauty

1 Year Ago

It's a good poem. My grandparents where much like that lol
Sounds a bit like me and Mrs Tom...wonderful real life observational satire Norman, penned in alluring poetic style!!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

In other words ,Tom. Just like every other happy family. Ours have flown the nest now and are enj.. read more

1 Year Ago

Yes you're right there Norman, they say it's the ones who never bicker, argue and always smiling in .. read more
Norman I don't know if you ever watched the US television show 'Everybody Loves Raymond' but one episode the son and his wife wondered if they were going to end up like their parents and they hated the thoughts of constant bickering until death but then they took a harder look at the parents and saw that though they bickered they were comfortable in that bickering (yes it made other feel uncomfortable but that was their problem).

Exceptional piece of poetical-drama with your trademark humour my friend.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thanks Tony. A result of my wry observation of many marriages, perhaps, but in this instance, it .. read more
Tony Jordan

1 Year Ago

Fait accompli Norman :)
the third party observing the conversation...those arguments that make us wonder if our parents are going to stay together...but then we find out it is all a part of their love...

another clever, fun read from you Norman...

children reflect their parents...and here the speaker is going to follow in the footsteps...and then his child will write part 2 of this poem.

Posted 2 Years Ago


2 Years Ago

Thanks Jacob for your interesting analysis, particularly, your last comment.(watch this space)
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Added on February 12, 2016
Last Updated on February 28, 2017



Essex UK, United Kingdom

At the age of 87, I still believe that every cloud has a silver lining. The only problem is ........ I can only afford cooking foil...............;-)) more..

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