Happy Birthday, Wendy Cope, born 21 July 1945A selection of verse
Write to amuse? What an appalling suggestion!I write to make people anxious and miserable and toworsen their indigestion.
Making Cocoa For Kingsley AmisIt was a dream I had last weekAnd some kind of record seemed vital.I knew it wouldn't be much of a poemBut I love the title.
Bloody menBloody men are like bloody buses -You wait for about a yearAnd as soon as one approaches your stopTwo or three others appear.You look at them flashing their indicators,Offering you a ride.You're trying to read the destination,You haven't much time to decide.If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.Jump off, and you'll stand there and gazeWhile the cars and the taxis and lorries go byAnd the minutes, the hours, the days.
The day he moved out was terrible –That evening she went through hell.His absence wasn’t a problemBut the corkscrew had gone as well.
Cope is a contemporary English poet. Her debut poetry collection, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, has sold over 180,000 copies to date.
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