They both thought what they had was called love,

but really it was just companionship with kisses.


Being human is not being able to draw water without

enquiring after the thirst of the person beside to you.


Time doesn’t flow like sand, it is like slices of bread,

the clunk of the second hand perhaps the knife.


If evil is a product of nature and nurture, which

is greater, as both require a different response.


We all live under the same sun, yet mine

doesn’t bake the land dry and cause draught.


Old men send young men to war. Yet they

were young once, and at 18 nobody listens

to their dad any more.


In politics, the further left and right you go

the differences blur until it’s a case of whether

you think you look better in red or black.


Little Johnny was troubled that Jesus had

died for his sins. It seemed a tad unnecessary

for hiding grans spex and not eating his lunch.


‘If God had meant us to fly, he would’ve given

us wings.’ Perhaps he knew we’d get in the way

of all the aircraft.


A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush. Indeed,

and one in a cage is worthless, not to mention cruel.


The Doctors ‘drop-in and be seen in an hour’ appointment system

is a giant Petri dish. You leave sicker than when you arrived.


I just smiled at the nurse as he told me I had to keep perfectly still

during the scan, and said to him quietly, ‘ You do know I’ve got Parkinson’s?’


These days the phrase ‘ It could be worse’ has fallen into disuse.

The occasions when it could be applied sadly becoming fewer.


The Dr’s receptionist proudly stated that they treat everyone the same, clearly oblivious of the term ‘triage’.


It confused me when dad said she was crying

because she was happy. What if mum was sad?


He said, ‘that Ferrari, mansion and helicopter

are all mine!’ there was an awkward pause so I

patted his shoulder and said “well done!”

10 thoughts on “APERCUS–SNAP POETRY 2

  1. Hi Nigel,

    every verse acts like single quote.
    I love that part “Old men send young men to war”, because was always unbelievable for me , to some old man decide on the fate of young people in such a way. People are just pies on the chessboard for them ….sad

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  2. Humour, sadness and thought provocation all in one post Nigel. It seems the Little Johnny ruse and response was endemic across the North and I could just picture the scene for the last one. Yorkshire pats have a tendency to bring people to reality.

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  3. Love these apercus, Nige. Each one is so well-crafted, so sharp and they linger on the mind. I felt this one deeply:
    “Being human is not being able to draw water without
    enquiring after the thirst of the person beside you.”

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  4. Wow, Nigel. How do you do it? With swift and seamless analogies you cover so many areas
    of our lives. From first infatuation, nature/nurture, war, politics , hospital and doctor visits
    to a father’s confusion.
    Each subject so strong. My feelings range from sadness to smiles. Humour and seriousness
    are in your verses.
    Thank you for these deep thoughts

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