This little Ditty was born after pondering all those people, who in bars, commuter trains and especially dinner-parties, loudly announce how they ‘want to make a difference’ and put themselves on a par with Mother Theresa because they once put £1 in a disaster appeal collection tin. The ones who announce what a disgrace it is that kids have to walk miles to drink from contaminated puddles after discussing their favourite sports drink!

They are the complete opposite of the people who leave careers to work giving aid overseas or give their time to man school crossings, helplines or soup kitchens at xmas.

I’m revolted by the former and humbled by the latter.

Oooh! Maybe this is why I don’t get invited to dinner-parties any-more?


False Intentions

I could be a dashing Pirate King,

and with a cutlass rich purses rip,

folk would songs about me sing,

shame I have no ship.


Or I could be a gentleman thief,

breaching any alarm I’m shown,

stealing to give the poor relief,

if as clumsy I was not known.


So instead I’ll be a noble Knight,

fighting for good of course,

taking a stand for what is right,

ah, hang on I’ll need a horse!


8 thoughts on “FALSE INTENSIONS

  1. Nigel, this reminds me about this parable we read in Sunday school:
    “He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. “Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

    — Luke 18:9-14, World English Bible”

    So may we continue to alleviate pain where we can but avoid praising ourselves for this.
    Important issue to us all. I used to want to go out there and help and make that my life.
    Without backing I wouldn’t have lasted long…..I think. 😊 .

    Thank you for early morning thoughts

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  2. So true Nigel, delivered with a style and wit found only in a Yorkshire Poet. I suppose the same people would claim to want to read this poem – if only they had brought their glasses.

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    1. I have sadly great personal experience of these types, they’re also usually ‘Christmas cracker councillors’ and say things like ‘take each day as it comes’ or ‘live each day as if it were your last’ to which I usually reply you mean like this ” Aaaaaaah !! I don’t want to die”

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