"Seven bums and fourteen legs,
a brazen ecstasy which begs
the question some of us are asking -
is Peter Goulding multi-tasking?"

Martin Parker, Editor, Lighten Up Online

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Magpie Tales # 11

It would be fair to say that without the Magpie Tales and the Poetry Bus, I'd probably be writing very little. My wife has just embarked me on a painting programme both outside and inside the house, work is very tiring and I have a couple of weekends away fast approaching. I am trying to keep up the two prompts but particularly in the Magpie case, I am finding it increasingly hard to get around all 50+ contributors, so I won't be joining the Mr Linky thing from now on...
On burying my dad with his silver-topped cane

Looking down at his corpse, we,the recent bereaved,
Wonder long at the pressure exerted.
At rest with that cane, with which much was achieved
Whene’er he ostentatiously flirted.
A family heirloom, it was widely believed
That in life he had never deserted it.
It was such a damned shame it could not be retrieved
From where my dear mum had inserted it.


  1. I so get it - life has a habit of interfering in the creative process. Anyway, I don't care if you join Mr. Linky. I enjoy your poems, magpie or not! (And don't feel that's an obligation Pete!)

    (Laughing) I can just imagine the poor fella laid to rest on his side.

  2. Peter,
    If I laugh any harder It'll be I in the casket.
    Just keep writing my friend, you have a talent and a gift; let it flower!

  3. Oh dear! A philanderer, was he? Excellent take.

    I'm with you - finding it very tough to keep up with the massive group of people who participate. I've taken a breather for a while.
    I've signed up with Ancestry.com and am happily filling in the gaps in my history (at least the ones on my mom's Canadian side; the Irish end is coming up with nothing but blanks!)
    Any suggestions? I'm looking for a Joseph Davison from County Down and a Mary Polland. Do you know of any good online resources?


  4. Peter. Love your Irish take on life's absurdities. Gee I have to admit that i can only manage about 20 Magpie's each week. I work full time and my wife thinks I have a secret lover sometimes as I sit here reading and commneting. The magpie's keep me writing each week too. I'll look ut for you on the waht's on pages when next i pass through Dublin (last time was about 8 years ago so don't hold your breath.