Guest Post: ‘Willy-Nilly’ by Don Matthews

Today I am delighted to bring you another guest post from the wonderfully talented and unashamedly silly Don Matthews of ‘The Flippant, Comic, and Serious.’ In today’s poem he is channelling his all-time hero, Spike Milligan. Even if Don’s cat, ‘Silly Billy’ (pictured above) is not impressed, I’m sure you will be:


I would encourage all of you
To exercise your mind
Creating words of wisdom
Nonsensically inclined
Someone in our past
Their mind attuned to silly
Took a lot of effort
To think up willy-nilly
I do admit at times
I am a little silly
But no way am I smart enough
To think up silly-billy

Don Matthews November 2018

Some closing words from Spike himself:

Spike Milligan, R.I.P.

Photo Credit: Jonathan844 via Wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0

‘The headstone of Spike Milligan’s grave in the grounds of St Thomas’ Winchelsea, East Sussex. The name of his last wife was added along with birth and death dates and an additional epitaph. Spike Milligan’s epitaph includes the phrase Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite, Irish for “I told you I was ill”. The headstone is positioned roughly midway between the New Inn and the church door.’ – Source: Wikipedia.

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