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I don't pretend to be a Keats
or a Shelley or a Shakespeare—rhymes
just pop into my head sometimes, and
I scribble them down on whatever
piece of paper comes to hand. 
It's fun and it's just for me, but now and
then, people ask to read what
I have written. 

Other Poems

Taxpayer's Lament
Busy Bee
Painted Lady
Perfect Teeth!


I was working as a computer data operator when my husband Dewi died, and shortly afterwards, I began to be self employed as a proof reader as the flexibility hours suited me better.

What I had not envisaged was that I had to fill in Inland Revenue forms, and when they arrived in the post I could not make head or tail of them.  I rang up the office in Evesham and a very kind lady named Mrs Sinderberry answered and said they would be willing to help me - thankfully!

As you do (or I do sometimes) I answered in verse!
Well, the reply I had was to go to their Evesham Office and someone would help me.  I caught the bus the next day and received a wonderful welcome from the staff. 

Apparently, they were tickled pink with my poem and had sent copies to all other offices including their Head Office.

Best of all, they helped me fill in the forms and did so until I retired.  See, they are human after all and very nice people!

© 2014 Mary Davies

Taxpayer's Lament

My dear Mrs. Sinderberry
My Inland revenue friend
I regret I have to tell you
I've been driven round the bend.

I've tried to read the wretched forms
With as much intelligence as I can muster
But I can't make head or tail of them
I'm really all a fluster.

I have written  all my details
As exact as I can be
I'm hoping now that one of you
Will fill in the forms for me

Sorry to be such a nuisance
I know you are overworking.
But in the end it will save time
I really am not shirking.

I look forward now to hear from you
In eager anticipation,
But if I have to fill it in
Please put a cross for application.



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