Monday, November 16, 2009

Hang In There!


How they got there in the first place I haven't got a notion,
But ten men and a woman were high above the ocean.
They were flying in a helicopter when the pilot said
'The engine's giving trouble! We'll very soon be dead
Unless you hang down from the craft by this very handy rope!'
So the ten men and the woman saw this as their only hope!
They were hanging from the helicopter, swinging in the breeze
When the pilot shouted 'You're too heavy! One must let-go, please!'
Then began the arguments; the men all felt that they
Were terribly important and should be allowed to stay.
The pilot bellowed 'Cut the cackle! We're really on the brink!
One of you must jump or else the whole darned lot will sink!'
So up spoke the woman 'It's been my lot in life
To make continual sacrifices, as Mother and as Wife.
I've always got up in the night to tend a child, and then
I've always let the largest portions go to feed the men.
I've scrimped and saved and gone without. I know my place and so
I think that it is right if I'm the one who now lets-go.'
Too late the ten men realised that they had all been trapped......
Not only did they raise a cheer...
Every one of them
More helicopter hilarity here:


Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Yay for the smart one! Made me giggle - thank you.

Lucy Corrander said...

Did you write this?

It reminds me of Carol Anne Duffy's poem about Euridyce.

A different tone but parallel point and humour.