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Originally published: 19th July 2020

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This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "COMPLETELY NEW" (11) Poetry Contest.

With my thanks and apologies to Lewis Carroll and Geoffrey Chaucer.


 

Morning The Innkeeper checked his watch once again Hoping the chef's feelings weren't hurt. The last time they were, he arrived two hours late And then left, serving just his dessert. Sadly the chef, on this day of all days Turned up filthy, flies open and drunk. The Innkeeper sighed as his chef stumbled in; He was unkempt and cursing and stunk. The Innkeeper's head sank deep in his hands As he needed his chef to be right. The Tabard was busy and fully booked up And was hosting a meeting that night. Noon To make matters worse, the chef's wife then stormed in It was NOT what was needed at all. She grabbed at chef's hair and kicked open his shin And threw dishes and plates at the wall. The Innkeeper tried to separate both As utensils flew wild through the air Then chef lost his balance taking with him a shelf And pepper dispersed everywhere. The chef lay there slumped and silent and still He was bloodied and bruised on the floor. His wife and the Innkeeper looked at each other As chef sneezed and then let out a snore. Night With her husband in clinic the chef's wife revealed The reason as to why he was mad: - "Earlier that day he had finally found out He was not my child's natural dad. He took all of my money and spent it on drink And the police where then sadly involved. He falsely accused me of harming my son And that issue has not been resolved." Later That Night Nobody ate at The Tabard for nights But the Innkeeper learnt something instead: - "..So I am your lover AND the father as well" He said smiling to chef's wife in bed. WONDERLAND Wonderland: Prologue Wonderland I: The Hatter's Tale Wonderland II: The Watchmaker's Tale Wonderland III: The Hairdresser's Tale Wonderland IV: The Chef's Tale Wonderland V: The Sailor's Tale Wonderland VI: The Preacher's Tale Wonderland: Conclusion

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Date: 11/30/2020 9:07:00 AM
Gary: It may be your talent that gets me through the pandemic. I've lost track of the number of times I've enjoyed your "stuff" since I found your list. Thank you so much for so many laughs. Keep them coming. oldbuck
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/30/2020 9:20:00 AM
Old buck, I feel really honoured reading your comments. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/20/2020 2:57:00 PM
What a twist at the end Gary, I enjoyed the read immensely... Belle
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Date: 11/22/2020 1:33:00 PM
Thanks Belle! I love twists but have to admit the twist here was a last minute thought. :)
Date: 10/25/2020 6:34:00 AM
Ha ha! What a twist Gary! Linda
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Date: 10/25/2020 9:39:00 AM
Glad you liked it Linda! I love a story with a twist..and love writing them :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2020 12:45:00 PM
Gary - absolutely loved this poem - and congratulations on the top spot - well deserved! David
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Date: 7/24/2020 1:09:00 PM
Thanks for reading and your kind comments David. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/23/2020 4:28:00 PM
I kind of had a feeling it was going in that direction LOL. This was very amusing Gary. Congratulations on your wonderful first placement! Blessings xxoo
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Date: 7/24/2020 12:04:00 AM
Thank you Connie. I really appreciate your comments :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/23/2020 5:33:00 AM
A masterpiece, Gary. Big CONGRATS! Janice
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Date: 7/23/2020 5:43:00 AM
Hi Janice - Thank you for your wonderful words! Appreciated. :)
Date: 7/22/2020 10:16:00 PM
I agree with Jenne. This reminds me of Caucer. Well done. Well crafted. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/23/2020 12:08:00 AM
Thank you so much Sam! :) The poem had much emphasis on The Canterbury Tales and particularly Chaucer's The Cook (The Chef) ie open sore on shin, flies open, love of alcohol I 'mashed' this up with a few Alice references and transplanted personality traits of the Duchess & her cook in Wonderland to chef's wife in the poem: The throwing of plates and utensils, violent mood, questionable care of baby, the pepper. Cheers :) Gary
Date: 7/19/2020 7:23:00 AM
Gary, I think Carroll and Chaucer would be smiling as much as I am at your ability to tell tales. I was enrapt with the story and your rhyming. Must admit I didn't see the ending you give readers, but it was so appropriate. I think the innkeeper was fortunate that chef didn't pick up a clever and.... Excellent writing!
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Date: 7/19/2020 7:49:00 AM
..Off with his head! I was tempted Jenna :) Thank you so much for reading and your lovely, encouraging comments. I really appreciate your visit. Cheers :) Gary