Sunday, May 04, 2008


Death on the level crossing
Not hit by a train
But crushed beneath the gate

Death by poisoning
Not rat killer or agent orange
Ate a lozenge past its sell-by date

Death by chocolate
Not the cocoa content or overeating
Slipped on a choc-ice at the match
And landed badly on some metal seating

Death by drowning
Not in the oceans mighty swell
But in the tears I wept
When you said farewell


Roger Stevens said...

Apologies if you've read this before. I put it up a couple of years ago I think. But I'm getting a new book of poems together and thought I might give a few of them an airing.

Meanwhile - I'd love you to listen to one or two of my songs. See the whizzy thing on the left.

Nicole Braganza said...


Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Roger are you the wizzy thing on the left?

{illyria} said...

i don't remember reading this, but it's beautiful. the first verses didn't prepare me for the last, which i thought was simply beautiful.

Hobbes said...

Put me in mind of Parker's "Resumé"--
Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.