After Dinner

“Back then, people had gumption,” I was told,
Indomitable, undaunted by want
Hardy folk, up at dawn, in freezing cold,
To break the ice on the cattle trough.
Everything four-legged had to be fed,
Wood chopped, the stove lit, eggs gathered
Work’s litany, “While you’re still in bed!”
A little kid, I listened while they blathered
About the horrors of the old days, say
how very fortunate we little ones were,
“But you know, we were happy in those days,
though we were poor.” “…because we were poor!”
After a good dinner, bourbon and a few smokes
The log house of childhood looked good to the folks.

And here is a wonderful treasure brought to you by a bored guy posting to the internet

The Four Yorkshiremen

This is a Shakespearean sonnet, more or less. 14 lines, ababcdcdefefgg. Iambic pentameter (10 syllable lines with the stress on every other syllable, but I’m not a fetishist about that). The final six lines are supposed to set up a situation established by or counter to the first 8 lines. I’m not big on rules, though, other than the rhyme and syllable thing. I’m writing sonnets as a mental challenge, mostly, but once in a while one might be good. I started writing sonnets when I realized I just don’t have much more to say in one of my customary blog posts at the moment.

14 thoughts on “After Dinner

    • It’s one of my favorite Monty Python sketches. My stepsons and I used to “perform” it in the car on road trips — but my mom and aunts actually had their own which was a lot like it.

  1. Remnds me of the Rugrats cartoon on Nickelodeon. There was a running joke about Grandpa Pickles telling his sons how he had to walk fifteen miles to school, uphill both ways, in 5 feet of snow. It would change to work instead of school or some other location but it was always 15 miles, uphill and full of snow.

  2. “Each night dad would come home and strangle us and dance on our graves.”

    It certainly makes me happier about the childhood I had whilst listening to the lovely chaps at the BBC!

  3. I love this sonnet and the video clip made me laugh yet again (some things never get old)… You keep finding new ways to sonnetize nostalgia!

  4. That is a great sketch. I’ve often watched it on YouTube and enjoy the reverse bragging rights. They were four of the funniest Englishmen of their era.

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