Poem of the Week

Today’s poem has been recommended by Neil Warmisham from Bibby International Logistics in Felixstowe. I think the strength of this poem lies in its simplicity. The language is grounded in that of the everyday and because of this it evokes an idea of love/need to which we can all relate.


 Enjoy….(and remember to let me know what you think of it!)


I Rely On You


I rely on you

like a Skoda need suspension

like the aged need a pension

like a trampoline needs tension

like a bungee jump needs apprehension

I rely on you

like a camera needs a shutter

like a golfer needs a putter

like a gambler needs a flutter

like a buttered-scone involves some butter

I rely on you

like an acrobat needs ice-cool nerve

like a hairpin needs a drastic curve

like a HGV needs endless Derv

like an outside left needs a body swerve

I rely on you

like a handyman needs pliers

like an auctioneer needs buyers

like a laundromat needs driers

like The Good Life needed Richard Briers

I rely on you

like a water vole needs water

like a brick outhouse needs mortar

like a lemming to the slaughter

Ryan’s just Ryan without his daughter

I rely on you.

Hovis Presley


With thanks to Neil Warmisham



Filed under Poem of the Week, Poetry

3 responses to “Poem of the Week

  1. Will Hall

    Brilliant! This is one of the works of Bolton comedian/poet ‘Hovis Presley’. Fans of this may also like “There goes Frugal Dougal”, also by Hovis. I’ve always liked the simplicity of his poem “Ex”:

    As good things go,
    She went.

  2. Louise Downing

    Nice easy reading I enjoyed reading this poem !


  3. Neil Warmisham

    And for contrast – the ambiguous:

    ‘Double Edged Ode’

    I was my own worst ememy

    Until I met you

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