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He was a "friend of the common man" or bankrupt, which made him appreciative of the predicament of those pursued by creditors, a mood which the beautiful "Owed to the Rent Man" touchingly evokes: Owed To The Rent Man I fled him down the stairs and out the yard I fled him cross the 'olla, running hard I fled him past the boozer down the square - 31 - And hid from him Neath many a down town tenny painted black, Trellissed wid washin 'angin at the back And under running water on the stairs, All full of dirt, and soap and grease and hairs, But he followed ever after And 'is dirty great feet Came poundin up the street.
An as she warked, ir ips were rockin Me heart wuz poundin sometin shockin. I luked an luked, Oh warra twit! It surely lerned me didenit, For while this Judy broke me hart, Some udder swine had robbed me cart. The pristine simplicity of this verse puts it in a class above contemporary poems such as Madoc, Kubla Khan, the Curse of Kehana; all of which had "X" certificates. Wirdswirth collaborated on some of his poetry with Samuel Taylor, the Coalman, who had a mate who was an Old Sailor and wrote about the Celtic twilight.
Johnson, himself no mean slouch, said Pope would be remembered in 10,000 years' time for telling everyone that Queen Anne couldn't say "Tea" properly. He also wrote: The Iambic Parkingmeter Launched on the bosom of our one-way roads, Each car must pay, whenever it unloads. Een thou Great Beatles, who were here begot, Can't park without some money in the slot. "No trams to Lime Street", sang the playwright Owen, Now cars and buses hardly can get goin, Not alcoholics, when deprived of drink, Not city councillors, when forced to think; Not Evertonians, when splashed with red, Not teen-age monsters, when sent off to bed, Not long-haired beatniks, when they smell the soap, Not hardened junkies, when deprived of dope, Ere felt such anger, ere got such a nark As Scouseville driver seeking space to park.
A Plea For Mersey by peter moloney