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A Poem By Tom Leonard

From a series called ‘Unrelated Incidents’ –
from Intimate Voices – 1984


this is thi
six a clock
news thi
man said n
thi reason
a talk wia
BBC accent
iz coz yi
widny wahnt
mi ti talk
aboot thi
trooth wia
voice lik
wanna yoo
scruff. if
a toktaboot
thi trooth
lik wanna yoo
scruff yi
widny thingk
it wuz troo.
jist wanna yoo
scruff tokn.
thirza right
way ti spell
ana right way
to tok it. this
is me tokn yir
right way a
spellin. this
is ma trooth.
yooz doant no
thi trooth
yirsellz cawz
yi canny talk
right. this is
the six a clock
nyooz. belt up.

Tom Leonard

3 Responses to “A Poem By Tom Leonard”

  1. Jim Murdoch says:

    An here ah wuz hopin it wuz wan ah hadne read.

  2. Bill Hilton says:

    This found its way into the AQA GCSE Anthology in 1999. I’m afraid it always makes me think of William McGonagall…

  3. A friend sent a Tom Leonard poem through the letterbox to me. That led me to discover his web site and an essay on Fergusson who I discovered also by happy accident by nearly tripping over his statue on the pavement and thus to your website. A three-poem day. Sometimes Serendipity works over time. Now sadly it’s back to mop and broom for me while poems dance in ma heid.