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Joy L Poem

A poem I would like to share with you.


I had an ‘Uncle Morrie’
who thought that he could sing –
he exercised his tonsils –
to the public thought he’d bring….
his dulcet tones,
his baritone:
his songs of exultation.
On to the stage of The Rivoli he strode
to sing unto the nation.
“Come into the garden Maud,” he bade –
his voice not strong or true –
in truth so bad, the audience had a lively thought or two…
On Mile End’s ‘waste’ there lay around
cabbage leaves, tomatoes: all squishy on the ground.
Theatre-goers, disgruntled, (ignorant Uncle he…)
gathered them to throw – full face – a dish of uncooked ratatouille!

(Historical note: In the 1920s and 30s in London, England, many cinemas and theatres
held ‘Talent Nights.’ An area in the East End of London called ‘The Mile End Waste’
held markets and the waste produce lay on the ground for theatre goers to pick up.
Tomatoes in particular were popular as they were messy, squishy and colourful to throw at displeasing
acts. It is said that the pastime was very popular…)

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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