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Have A Nice Day
(16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar)

Have A Nice Day

Poem By Spike Milligan

'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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I read this poem at a funeral as a last homage to my Dad who died of dementia last week. A refreshing change from the doom and gloom of the religious nonsense and I know he would have been laughing at it with me. This poem has multiple layers and every time I read it I see something new. Milligan was a mad genius!
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?