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Happy Birthday Wendy Cope

July 21, 2016



I take the view that anybody who can make fun of Ted Hughes in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan goes straight to heaven.

No questions asked.

(Re)read this and you’ll be smiling all day.

A policeman’s lot
Wendy Cope 

‘The progress of any writer is marked by those moments when he manages to outwit his own inner police system.’ – Ted Hughes

Oh, once I was a policeman young and merry (young and merry),
Controlling crowds and fighting petty crime (petty crime),
But now I work on matters literary (litererry)
And I am growing old before my time (‘fore my time).
No, the imagination of a writer (of a writer)
Is not the sort of beat a chap would choose (chap would choose)
And they’ve assigned me a prolific blighter (‘lific blighter) –
I’m patrolling the unconscious of Ted Hughes.

It’s not the sort of beat a chap would…

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