What Do You Think Happened

What do you think happened to Mr Blyth
Who lost control after his mother died
What do you think happened to Mrs Penn
Who had an affair and was never seen again

What do you think happened to Jimmy Cope
Who lived on credit never worked and smoked dope
What do you think happened to dear old Kitty
Who was bullied at school for being too pretty

What do you think happened to Jack The Lad
Who broke into cars and stole from his dad
What do you think happened to Sally Stone
Who was terminally ill and left all alone

What do you think happened to Del Boy Green
Who crashed into a bus stop and fled the scene
What do you think happened to Dr Robb
Who drank too much and lost his job

What do you think happened to Sergeant Hubbad
Who had a stroke and never recovered
What do you think happened to Reverend Grimes
Who stole from the church and fell on hard times

What do you think happened to Kelly Long
Who had a face lift that went horribly wrong
What do you think happened to Steven Grey
Who came out at Fourteen and revealed he was gay

What do you think happened to Billy White
Who was traumatised after losing his sight
What do you think happened to Grandma Mills
Who lived a life of booze and pills

What do you think happened to Chinese Jim
Who was sick of the torment and finally gave in
Last but not least there was Michael Brown
Who was made Bankrupt and had a nervous breakdown

All these people who laughed and cried
Who suffered much pain and got off the ride
They missed the boat, how hard they tried!
They all committed suicide

by Kelvin Rush

Comments (5)

How can the poet pay attention to politics when he can see a young girl standing at a little distance? There is a politician who is having much knowledge regarding the political world and on the other hand there is a traveler who has gained a lot of knowledge after having experiences in life but the poet does not seem interested in politics and tourism, for him the force of love is stronger than other worldly matters. He is bewitched by the beauty of a girl. He has preferred youth and love instead of politics. The last two lines are lovely. The poem is simple but portrays reality.
I reckon this poem may well have influenced the Beatles' when I saw her standing there. The beautiful simplicity of its structure and words captures the real concerns of our human hearts. It is to feel passionate love and preferably when young enough for such glory to have physical expression. With brilliant brevity the poet uses the jaded eye of an experienced and educated man to express both regret for the passage of time and the meaningless of power grabbing politics when set against the joy of love returned.
This poems lacks the concrete detail and arresting metaphor that I normally crave, yet it gives me goose pimples.
I first heard this poem as a teenager and loved it. Brilliant sentiment and humour.
nice poem...............................