On Pain ix

Most spectacular

display of self-harm. I’ve

Brexited myself


n.b. Hard to believe, I know, but when a man’s gotta go, the question can arise, ‘Why not go the whole hog and blow my own house down?’

Where does such thinking come from? It is terribly dangerous for others and destructive to themselves. Sad beyond belief.

https://www.samaritans.org Do not be afraid to contact this service; better to speak out and get help than act alone and in silence.

Other countries have similar support services for men and women on the edge of life itself.


CLP. 01/09/2020

No haga flexiones depu├ęs de gachas

They found him face down in his kitchen

Previously the fittest sixty year old they’d ever known

Lifeless as a rock

He’d been warned

But sadly, as a professor of literature

At the finest university in Cantabria

He’d conceived of so many different interpretations

That he’d brushed over the literal


As they say in Gibaja

“Muchos poetas mueren de estupidez”



n.b. 1. Title translates as: Never do press ups after porridge.

2. From Gibaja: Many male poets die from stupidity.

www.napowrimo.net Day 22 prompt: Use a saying from another language and culture as the basis for a poem.

Christopher Perry

22nd April 2020