cold enough

cold enough he said, by my eyes and by my whiskers
thirty thousand feathers couldn’t keep a body warm
I looked him over once, once again, and a third time
struck by his rudeness and his dishevelled form

have you got a penny, a half-penny, a farthing
have you got a crust for to keep a poor man fed
can you tell me where I can find a fireside
do you know a cranny I can lay my weary head

I listened to his words, and I knew they must mean something
but all that I was getting was a buzzing in my ear
so I offered him a smile, a nod, and a good day
and carried on to meet my friends and sink an ice-cold beer

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9 Comments

  1. damommza

     /  May 22, 2012

    Very sincerely sad..I can see what the man looks like in my head.. Very sad but very good. πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you, I have a fair idea what they both look like πŸ˜€
      I have just thought of a small change to the last verse to that would reference back to the title πŸ˜€

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      • damommza

         /  May 22, 2012

        OH! The “ice cold” beer!! Very clever!! Ai approves!

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        • Thank you, and can you spare a farthing…. πŸ˜†

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          • damommza

             /  May 22, 2012

            I always wondered..what the hell is a farthing? The penny and half-penny I’ve got down pat but what is the farthing thing? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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            • It comes from the Old English “fΓ«ortha” meaning “fourth” and means a quarter of a penny, from the pre-metric days when there were 240 pennies to the pound, so it was one 960th of a pound πŸ˜€

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