The Lazy Man, by Joy

The following poem was written as part of a poetry-writing event at Spurgeons Academy, to mark World Poetry Day

The Lazy Man

By Joy Dulliott

When the cock crows

The lazy man smacks his lips and says:

‘so it is daylight again is it?’

And before he turns over heavily,

Before he even yawns,

The farmer has reached the farm

The water carriers arrived at the river

The spinners are spinning their cotton

The weaver works on his cloth

And the fire blazes in the blacksmiths hut.

The lazy one knows where the soup is sweet

He goes from house to house

If there is no service today, his breastbone will stick out!

But when he sees the free yam,

He starts to unbutton his shirt,

He moves close to the celebrant

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