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All these poems posted on the Internet are copyright Bob Harding-Jones 2015 and are protected by normal copyright laws.


Lucy . . . Lastic . . .


A Great Character from Tommyfield Market, Oldham, Lancs


(Adapted by Bob from the North West Sound Archive Caught in Time 1995)


Lucy Lastic

Sold elastic

Six pennies every knot.

And if you asked her for a yard

A yardís not what you got.


Lucy Lastic

Sold elastic

And s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d it for good measure.

So when you bought a yard or more,

 . . . All you got was two foot four.




Iím Going Bald!


Every day from my head I lose some hair.

And I donít replace it;

I just donít care.


Yes: I know Iím going bald, because people tell me.

ĎYouíre going bald!í they say . . .

Theyíre very helpful.


I had millions of hairs once

A real collection.

Itís now being dispersed

Due to a shortage of exhibits.


Once my hair was thick

Now itís thin.

Once I stroked my fingers through the waves of my hair.

Now, I rub my fingers through the ripples of my skin.



I love a heckler.
A heckler's my mate,
He makes the audience laugh
When I can't get a word in.

A heckler's fine,
His punchlines are funnier than mine.
A heckler's a treat
He's got a great act
He thinks on my feet.

A heckler's sense of humour's sublime
Especially when he's spoiling mine.

But what really ****es me off
About a heckler:
He's usually drunker
Than I am.


The Poet that Bites

I'm staying at home today,
Because my dentist has taken
My front teeth away . . .
Removed for repair
And I'm aware
That people might stare
At the gaps in my life.

So I'll hide inside
Out of sight
Writing poetry
Without a bite



This is an ode to the toad:

The toad only knows how to crawl,
He pulls no other strokes at all;
Which makes it difficult for the toad,
When he has to cross the road.

Once a year toads return home
To mate, and spawn by the load.
(if it wasn't for the road)
Or to be more exact,
The cars that compact.

If it takes the poor old toad
Ten minutes to cross the road,
It doesn't take a statistician
To work out, it's a suicide mission.

Nothing could rival
Toad's sense of survival,
Toady does what comes naturally:
He doesn't look right,
He doesn't look left,
And if it's all clear (or not),
He doesn't bother a jot,
He just crawls out into the road;

And sooner or later, splat!
That's that,
Toad's flat . . .
It's the Code
Of the Highway Toad!


Little Boy's Poem

Lucky little Freddie Trippin
His belly button had a zippin.
He could hide
Secret treasures inside:
A conker
A length of string
A walkman or a gameboyÖ
All fitted in;

And if he really risked itÖ
A can of drink
And a ginger biscuit.

His belly button was clever stuff
And his zip
Kept out the fluff!

Both from: KIDSTUFF! ISBN 0 9516941 2 X


. . . but I can be serious . . .


(Sam 1979 - 1996)

The spring sunshine
Held back by weeks of dismal cloud
Now cannot be denied.
Garden life bursts through:
Bees and birds and buds
Speed up by solar power.

The sun-tinted grass
Is greener than I can remember
But under a blanket
our friend lies dead.

The spade slices
The sandy loam
Preparing his grave.
My tear escapes
As his eyes stare
Beneath the shroud.

Sweating away the grief
Swallowing back emotion,
It doesn't do
To cry over a dog.

Both from: "Intro" ISBN 1 873468 49 0


All Copyright Bob Harding-Jones 2021





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