The Spoonbill Generator

Who Will Seldom Live Unseen?

Invitation, contradiction, punctuation, wedded bliss [P]

Which of us, in phantasy, has ever longed for less than this? [Roland]

Which of us, if truth be told, could even tell them all apart? [TG]

Not the King of Weymouth, for a start [Roland]

Lamentation, prostitution, erudtion, weekly wage [P]

Which of us, in former times, has ever acted half his age? [Roland]

Which of us, in modern days, has failed to sample even one? [TG]

Not the King of Weymouth - nor his son [P]

Eructation, vivisection, inflammation, wheezing lungs [TG]

Which of us, in other mouths, has forfeited his mother tongues? [Roland]

Which of us, if speaking plain, could even list his sundry pains? [TG]

Not the King of Weymouth - nor his thanes. [P]

Introspection, insurrection, absolution, weary bones [TG]

Which of us, in former times, has tipped the scale at fifteen stones? [Roland]

Which of us, in recent days, dare even let himself be weighed? [TG]

Not the King of Weymouth - renegade! [Roland]

Revolution, amputation, obfuscation, witless mirth [TG]

Which of us, in memory, has ever sought to cramp his girth [Roland]

Which of us, more recently, has tried to set the world to rights? [TG]

Not the King of Weymouth - Damn his tights! [Roland]

Contraception, revelation, complication, wondrous news [TG]

Which of us, in former times, has tussled with the twelve-bar blues? [Roland]

Which of us, when jamming live, has even tried a minor chord? [TG]

Not the King of Weymouth - don't applaud! [Roland]

[Envoi:]

The King of Weymouth, stupid oaf [P]

Too dim to take the wrapper off the loaf [loaf]


Contributors: P, Roland, TG, loaf
Poem finished: 21st November 2001