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On the prospect of a family outing - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
wemyss
wemyss
On the prospect of a family outing
I don’t mind the Park and I don’t mind the Zoo –
But … I hear I’ve the honour of going with you?

To shudder at serpents and glower at apes
Whilst you treat all in earshot to what you think japes
Or torment small foxes through brandishing grapes?
Young man, you’re an infernal young jackanapes.
(I’ll frankly be hoping the tiger escapes
And munches and worries and haggles and scrapes….)

Or then, in the Park, meant for virtue displayed,
To be dragged alongside as your vices parade,
And pretend not to know you, and feel most betrayed
To be seen in your company, not to evade
Your incessant, cock-a-hoop rodomontade?
A troop of baboons is less crude on a raid.

I don’t mind the Park and I don’t mind the Zoo.
But I’ll be dead, and damned, before I’ll go with you.

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eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: December 18th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I like this poem, and especially your use of the word 'jackenapes.' It was one of my mother's favorites and reminds me of her.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 20th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you. I'm greatly obliged.

And vy pleased to have called up a happy memory for you.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: December 18th, 2013 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
*applauds*
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 20th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

My blushes, Watson!

Thank you - as aye.
noeon From: noeon Date: December 19th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. Family outing as a title is so fraught with meaning, isn't it?

A troop of baboons is less crude on a raid : very nice line.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 20th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Isn't it just.

And thank you. (Do I detect a certain tone of personal weariness in that first sentence?)

You're always far too kind to my foolery.
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