The two poems Alan presented:
Nice neighbourhood, great country
My wife is such a light sleeper
That when I come home late
After a night out with the boys
I always remove my shoes
And leave them at the bottom
Of the street
Image my surprise, when
On retrieving them this morning
I discovered that they had been
What a nice neighbourhood I live in.
What a great country this is.
Alan displayed Roger McGough’s poem, but for the last two lines he only showed us the two “What a …” phrases. He asked the group to work out what the rest of the sentences could be.
This morning on the way to Charing Cross
I found a stiff upper lip
Lying there on the train seat
I was tempted to scream
But something about that stiff upper lip
left me speechless
It looked so abandoned so unloved
like a frozen glove
nobody bothers to pick up
I could not bear to hand in
that stiff upper lip
to the Lost & Found
So I made a place for it
in the lining of my coat pocket
and I said
Come with me to the Third World
You go thaw off
Here Alan displayed the poem, leaving out “stiff upper lip”. He asked the group to guess what the person might have found on their way to Charing Cross station.