Guest poem submitted by Jeff Berndt:
(Poem #1300) The Workman's Friend
When things go wrong and will not come right, Though you do the best you can, When life looks black as the hour of night - A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN. When money's tight and hard to get And your horse has also ran, When all you have is a heap of debt - A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN. When health is bad and your heart feels strange, And your face is pale and wan, When doctors say you need a change, A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN. When food is scarce and your larder bare And no rashers grease your pan, When hunger grows as your meals are rare - A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN. In time of trouble and lousy strife, You have still got a darlint plan You still can turn to a brighter life - A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.
written under the psudonym "Brian O'Nolan". I heard this poem in Dublin some years back and it stuck with me in spirit if not in letter. Only recently have I come across a print copy in its entirety, which isn't too surprising in that I was told it was written by Brendan Behan, which it isn't. I thought you might enjoy it and consider it for use as a guest poem sometime. It's from a novel called "At Swim Two Birds". Here's another quote from the novel: "There's one thing in that pome, permanence, if you know what I mean. That pome, I mean to say, is a pome that'll be heard wherever the Irish race is wont to gather, it'll live as long as there's a hard root of an Irishman left by the Almighty on this planet, mark my words." Other works by Flann O'Brien include: The Dalkey Archive The Hard Life: An Exegesis of Squalor The Third Policeman An Béal Bocht (The Poor Mouth) (I haven't read them.) More info about O'Brien and his works can be found at http://www.hellshaw.com/flann/index.html All the best, Jeff Berndt.