Almost, but not quite.
Stayed in and watched the telly
Even though the room was smelly
He said his life was ‘fun’.
His Italiano ‘Mama’
Surveyed his lack of drama
And sighed, the way that Italiano Mama’s do;
And cooked Gino up in a nice bowl of her ragu.
NB adding the word ‘in’ to the last line made a big difference to the tone of this piece. G:)
We bought into business – a water-powered paper mill.
Successful at first, we produced stacks and stacks of paper – until, finally, everybody had ‘all’ the paper that they needed. There was now no call for any more paper.
So we converted our business into a paper-powered water mill.
There is always a need for water.
(After a few years)
Paper is now a thing of the past.
And so our business is at an end.
We have no more paper with which to power our mill.
And, so, no more water.
We are at an end.
Lines criss cross the map
And we take a nap
Intending to be fresher than daisies when we arrive.
The AirCon is on
And the seats are softer than a very soft thing indeed – of both these things we had a need.
Through valleys and tunnels,
Across plains and through villages, towns and cites we go,
Heading for Roma
“Oh, sol e mio!”
For a molto choice of gelato.
In Rome a plot was afoot…
NB you can see from the photo above that 3 people were photo-bombing Jane’s picture. They were Jane’s daughter, Cesca, Cesca’s husband, Scott, and Jane’s son, Ryan. They had flown to Rome for Jane’s birthday surprise – and surprise it was. G:)
In sunny Italy
In the dark of the night
I am out in the rain
Listening to the lightning flashes
And watching the thunder claps.
The canopy sheltering me is keeping me dry;
But, I am cooled by the freshness in the air.
Sorrento has been wanting the rain for about two months now
And maybe this nighttime downpour will feed the oranges
And the lemons that grow so abundantly here;
Also the olives maturing nicely in the groves to make their extra virgin oil.
The city carries on below me; and will, no doubt, be Sorrento as usual in the morning.
Jane joins me and the evening is complete.
Missing Punschlines and Punschlines missing their feedlines.
“…However, they settled out of court!”
Maybe something along the lines of ‘Oil’ and ‘Water’ in dispute over their relationship in a legal context and not being able to get a judgment… however, they settled out of court!
Eighteen, thousand and fifty people
Give or take a few
(Probably give a few).
That’s a lot of smelly socks and biggish shoes.
You do the Math(ematics).
50 ways to get to Italy from London (Alphabetically)
Camel (or Camel Train)
Gondola (perhaps returning one to Venice)
Motorised Sit-Upon Lawnmower
And a few that in the end will get you nowhere quickly.
A seat on a train on the Circle Line of the London Underground.
A pod upon the London Eye
A Baggage Carousel
A Bouncy Castle
A Ferris Wheel
Any Funicular Railway
The Ghost Train
On a Rocking Horse
On a Roundabout / Carousel
On one end of a Seesaw
In a Tank (Fish)
Upon The Swings
Abseiling down a building
Joining in a 10,000 Metres Race at a race track (other distances are available)
On a Pommel Horse
In some Revolving Doors
In a Clothes Horse
And a few non-starters
In a Well
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead!”
I’m saving them all up
All those sleepless nights
On account –
Of which I have lost count.
Which shouldn’t mean that the one life you live once is one full of yawning and bleary-eyes.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. And, if there is a hint of laziness when it comes to ‘Party, party, party!!!!’
It may just be because
I am ‘not’ a party animal
Rather than my lust for life.
What is Pretzel Logic?
I know it’s the title of an album from the 70’s by the American group Steely Dan, but what does it actually mean.
I ask this owing to the ‘fact’ that I have just (recently) partaken of some chocolate-coated pretzels (which are rather smaller than your everyday, household, horseshoe sized variety) which were rather delish.
And by ‘fact’ I mean that ‘I’ know it happened – and it is not a point that needs verification anyway.
Can anybody enlighten me?
Or a flat battery
Will get you nowhere
Or everywhere –
I am never sure which.
If you need to go to the cattery…
I presume you have a cat –
Or want one.
It has come to my inattention quite recently
That I have unnoticed
And unobserved others;
This has lead to little
Or no noticeable difference;
Therefore, I would like to apologise for this
And hope that any effects
Not felt by this deplorable lack (upon my part)
Are soon indissipated
By a passing thought
That I may (or may not)
Have once had (or not).
For an explanation of the above
Please enclose a signed and addressed envelope
And send it somewhere.
Wait 28 days for receipt of the envelope
A further 28 days for your ‘calm-down’ or ‘cool down’.
If after a further 28 days
You have heard nothing
Be not surprised
As surprises are potentially harmful.
Please see over for your options to continue this journey.
We thank you for travelling with us and look forward to the future.