The Leopard in Winter

There’s more to come from The Leopard as the dark nights close in. On Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm we welcome John Ashbrook, author of Death Duties and Other Poems‘ (Phoenix Pamphlets 4) and ‘In The Footsteps of the Opium Eater‘ (Peterloo).

As well as hearing John read his own work there’ll be opportunity to share and discuss your own verse. All welcome, admission free.

Helen Ivory (centre) in full swing

Helen Ivory (centre) in full swing

Meanwhile, we give our thanks and appreciation to Martin Figura and Helen Ivory for a tremendous reading on 22nd October and for their insightful comments during the discussion of our own work.




Paul FoxMany of the regulars seem to have taken their poems away for further revision, but here’s Paul Fox with his response to the much-anthologised Mice by Rose Fyleman.



I don’t think mice
Are very nice

Although they’re furry, cute and small
Are they hygenic? Not at all –
They scratch on walls and tease the cat,
They defecate in Grandma’s hat –
Like other rodents – rats and rabbits
They have the most disgusting habits.
Crepuscular, scatophagous
They helped to spread the plague to us:-
Tularaemia: random doses
Of acute leptospirosis;
Yet another murine vice is
Spreading rhinobalonitis:
Murine typhus, asthma, hair-loss –
Do they care? .. No, they are care-loss!

So don’t give me that nice mice crap
I’ve just been out and bought a trap.

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About theleopard66

I am a member of the Stoke Stanza of The Poetry Society and run a bi-monthly Poems & Pints event in Alsager.
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