Pantoum for Middle-Aged Men

He took to running on a daily basis
unsure if he was running to or fro –
from some hell or towards an oasis.
There was a lot now that he did not know.

Unsure if he was running to or fro,
he became fitter but it meant less reading,
adding to the lot he did not know.
There was more thought, less intellectual feeding.

He became fitter, but it meant less reading.
Fewer facts did not mean fewer queries:
There was more thought. Less intellectual feeding
made him susceptible to quirky theories.

Fewer facts did not mean fewer queries.
To bar their coming he put headphones on.
He was susceptible to quirky theories
informed by Springsteen or Marillion.

To bar their coming he kept headphones on
but heard the BBC’s own correspondent
replacing Springsteen and Marillion.
In time this helped to make him less despondent.

Hearing the BBC’s own correspondent
from some hell or sometimes an oasis
not only made him rather less despondent
but kept him running on a daily basis.

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2 Responses to Pantoum for Middle-Aged Men

  1. Arvon has a lot to answer for … 🙂 Another good one, Roland.

  2. MARILLION!!!! LOL. Sorry, but I’ll never forget that! Nice pantoum Roland. They’re satisfyingly circular things aren’t they!

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