CARRY ON TUESDAY
asks us to use the words
from REM's song of the title in blue
(A touch of Patience Strong)
Everybody hurts sometimes, and, also, everybody heals,
However deep the pain at the time, no matter how bad one feels.
Even a terrible, terrible loss can be softened by passing time;
And the agony of hurt feelings dwindles, from a crime
To an act so insignificant it barely rates a mention.
Why did you have that row with her? Why was there so much tension?
We live life on a see-saw, now up and now way down;
Monday may be full of smiles and Tuesday wear a frown.
'This, too, will pass'.....a saying that's full of Chinese wit.
Happiness passes, and sorrow.
And that's the end of it.
RICH AND FAMOUS
For most of my life, I must admit,
I daily yearned for Fame.
I longed to be that wonderful thing
A universal household-name.
I felt the little life I led
Just didn't amount to much,
And I admired the Rich and Famous
Very, very much.
Being a teacher seemed so drab;
A cog in the machine;
Teaching others to be famous,
If you know what I mean.
The wealth part didn't attract me;
Diamonds aren't my line;
If I wear a plastic necklace
I feel absolutely fine.
But Fame was quite another thing;
I fantasised at times
Of how I'd make a living
Performing my little rhymes!!!
Pam Ayres was my idol;
I was jealous, I admit,
Of her books, her laughing admirers,
Her comedy and her wit.
But daily life took-over;
It all remained a dream;
I stayed in my 'cog' position,
Not part of the wider scheme.
But, now that I'm over eighty,
And just an old-lady wife,
I realise that, maybe,
I've had a fortunate life.
Since I never had a Rise
I've never had a Fall;
I'm accustomed to being a Shorty
Because I was never Tall.
But 'How are the Mighty Fallen!'.....
We see that every day;
I'd rather end my life as me
Than in the Rupert Murdoch way!
P.S. I'm sure Pam Ayres still has her feet on the ground and is ageing gracefully!