Wednesday 29 September 2010

' This Poem...' - Elma Mitchell.

This poem is dangerous: It should not be left
Within the reach of children, or even adults
Who might swallow it whole, with possibly
Undesirable side-effects. If you comr across
An unattended, unidentified poem
In a public place, do not attempt to tackle it
Yourself. Send it (preferbably, in a sealed container)
To the nearest centre of learning, where it will be rendered
Harmless, by experts. Even the simplest poem
May destroy your immunity to human emotions.
All poems must carry a Government warning. Words
Can seriously affect your heart.

FROM:- People Etcetra: Poems new and selected, Peterloo Poets, 1987.


  1. Elma Mitchell was an underrated poet. Her poems 'Country Life' and 'Thoughts after Ruskin are amongst my favourites of all time.

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  3. Thank you very much, a great under appreciated Scottish poet of much originality...

  4. I came across this poem, unattended, for the first time, in my local is simply wonderful.

  5. am glad that you enjoyed it...regards