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Contagion -- Spike Milligan

Guest poems submitted by James Gilbey:
The hugely talented Spike Milligan - comedian, writer, novelist, poet,
humanist - died in February. I've been waiting for a tribute on the web site
but none has been forthcoming. Taking matters into my own paws, I submit the
following:
(Poem #1044) Contagion
 Elephants are contagious!
 Be careful how you tread.
 An Elephant that's been trodden on
 Should be confined to bed!

 Leopards are contagious too.
 Be careful tiny tots.
 They don't give you a temperature
 But lots and lots - of spots.

 The Herring is a lucky fish
 From all disease inured.
 Should he be ill when caught at sea;
 Immediately - he's cured!
-- Spike Milligan
Thousands of kids that grew up between the 50s and 70s will share memories
of being read bedtime stories from Spike's Silly Verse for Kids. This is one
my dad would read to me and leave pauses at the end of each verse for me to
fill in the words.

Yet Spike is best known for the Goon Show. Dubbed the grandfather of
Alternative Comedy, not a single Python would contest that what they did
couldn't have happened without the foundations that Spike and Co. lay.

Born in Ahmednagar in India in 1918, he received his first education in a
tent in the Hyberabad Sindh desert and graduated there through a series of
Roman Catholic schools in England and India to the Lewisham Polytechnic. He
began his career as a bandmember but has made his name through comedy and
writing.

He is famously quoted as asking that on his tombstone the following be
inscribed: "See, I told you I was ill". I do hope it was. RIP Spike, we'll
miss you.

James.

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Vivek Balaraman said...

I have never met a more pithy comment on science's cruelty to animals than
the two line,

This rabbit with eyes full of fevered pus
Is the work of scientific us
- In "Small dreams of a scorpion" - Spike Milligan

leo.walsh said...

As a matter of interest, when Spike was buried the authorities in charge
of the cemetery where he is buried refused to allow a gravestone on his
grave with the epitaph "See, I told you I was ill". As it was thought
'inappropriate' However after much negotiation a compromise was reached
which would have appealed to Spike. The epitaph was allowed on the
gravestone, but in Gaelic.

Love the site

Leo Walsh

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