Wry wit and
observation in 102 poems, I Think I Thought details both a dark side to
growing up, girlfriends and gastro-pubs, and a gently light side to old age -
despite its attendant malfunctions and memory loss. All of these we meet
a-plenty on the poet's long haul from nappies to near-dotage, pausing along the
way to reflect on some of life's unwelcome changes - from the loss of Sharps
Toffee, the Empire, flea circuses and doctors who do home visits; to the advent
of longer licensing hours, synchronized swimming, greengrocers' "apostrophe's"
and a possible need to origami one's Andrex.
So far the
author has survived the slings and arrows of Life's outrageous fortune with
affectionate memories of most of its ups and with much gentle laughter at many
of its downs. And the effect of it all on him? . . .
what state it is in after years of indulgence and sin,
wrinkled and sagging through excess of lagging
at last in my skin."
perfect book for the awkward friend or relative who, until now, has been
impossible to buy presents for.