(16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar)

Have A Nice Day

'Help, help, ' said a man. 'I'm drowning.'
'Hang on, ' said a man from the shore.
'Help, help, ' said the man. 'I'm not clowning.'
'Yes, I know, I heard you before.
Be patient dear man who is drowning,
You, see I've got a disease.
I'm waiting for a Doctor J. Browning.
So do be patient please.'
'How long, ' said the man who was drowning. 'Will it take for the Doc to arrive? '
'Not very long, ' said the man with the disease. 'Till then try staying alive.'
'Very well, ' said the man who was drowning. 'I'll try and stay afloat.
By reciting the poems of Browning
And other things he wrote.'
'Help, help, ' said the man with the disease, 'I suddenly feel quite ill.'
'Keep calm.' said the man who was drowning, ' Breathe deeply and lie quite still.'
'Oh dear, ' said the man with the awful disease. 'I think I'm going to die.'
'Farewell, ' said the man who was drowning.
Said the man with the disease, 'goodbye.'
So the man who was drowning, drownded
And the man with the disease past away.
But apart from that,
And a fire in my flat,
It's been a very nice day.

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So funny but has a true meaning. I love it and is a poem I have not really heard of before. Awesome and crazy. I love Spike Milligan
Spike Milligan, born 1912, died 2002. One of the funniest, wittiest British comedians of all time. He served in the Royal Artillery during WWII, and had the long lasting depression to show for it, but a way of dealing with it, along with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and others, created The Goons, a radio comedy programme from the 1950's to television up till his death in 2002.
Such a wonderful poem
I looked at my recent actions and ended up rereading this poem it still blows my mind, would you recommend any of your other poems to read?
I love this poem it says so much while appearing like slapstick comedy, you are a very clever writer, keep it up
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