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Rush Hour Incident

by Mickey 

Posted: 21 February 2008
Word Count: 182

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Re-reading Elsie’s poem ‘Emergency Exit’, I remembered this piece which I wrote a while ago. Can anyone explain why, in possibly the only area where the ubiquitous Health and Safety regulations should be paramount, they are totally non-existent? I couldn’t drive around with ten people squashed into my car, my local pub wouldn’t be allowed to let in five times the number of people the building was designed for, football stadia are now all-seaters, but when it comes to the bloody trains, anything goes!

Rush Hour Incident

A typist on the Underground,
discovered when she turned around,
the stray umbrella up her bum,
was actually a Banker’s thumb!
And so she asked this City Gent,
exactly what he thought he meant
depositing his digit there?
He answered with an icy stare
that, if she opened up her eyes,
the silly girl would realise,
the train’s too full to get a seat,
and so, to stay upon his feet,
he needed to hold on somewhere,
and chose her handy derriere!
The typist - being quite naïve -
accepted this and watched him leave.

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joanie at 21:05 on 21 February 2008  Report this post
BRILLIANT, Mike! I laughed aloud. I love the rhyme and rhythm.


Ambitions of Lisa at 12:59 on 24 February 2008  Report this post
Haha..... I love this.
Thanks for the read :D


MarlaD at 13:33 on 24 February 2008  Report this post
Brilliantly funny! x

James Graham at 15:39 on 24 February 2008  Report this post
'A banker's thumb'...for some reasone that's even funnier than if it were any other profession! We've such variety in this group just now, and a piece of really witty, satirical verse is the very thing to unfurrow the brows of melancholy poets. (I speak for myself.) It's good too to see a piece in rhyming couplets that works so well. I've recently been exploring (dredging might be a better word) poetry forums and suchlike on the net (none of which I'll name, though I would like to) and the standard on some of them is abysmal. Rhyming couplets are popular, but on these sites the form is handled soo feebly there should be a law against it. Yours is quality light verse.


Elsie at 12:58 on 26 February 2008  Report this post
Mike, you've always been brilliant at the rhyming stuff. I've noticed on my train i's the lawyers that are the rudest and most obnoxious. And they spread their 'private and confidential' paperwork all over the tables. Makes for good reading sometimes!

Ticonderoga at 13:20 on 26 February 2008  Report this post
Beautifully observed, deliciously witty and very skilfully constructed. Bravo! Oh, AND, extremely amusing.



J1mbo at 23:45 on 19 March 2008  Report this post
Excellent, although your cheeky tone stops me from taking seriously your 'protest' against the lack of health and safety legislation. However, very witty.

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