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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Poetry: 'Just Doing'

“With poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it.” – Roger McGough

Born in 1937, McGough grew up in Liverpool, England and started making a name in the writing world in the 1960s with the publication of his best-selling poetry book The Mersey Sound.   Since then he’s led a highly successful writing career as a performance poet, children’s author and playwright.  A broadcaster, too, he hosts the BBC’s “Poetry Please” show and still makes his home in the Mersey area of Liverpool.                      


  For Saturday's Poem, here is McGough's,            

                                    Sleeping In  


Our street is dead lazy
Especially in winter.
Some mornings you wake up
And it’s still lying there
Saying nothing.  Huddled
under its white counterpane.

But soon the lorries arrive
Like angry Mums,
Pull back the blankets
And send it shivering
Off to work.



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