Bugger, That Would Have Been Really Funny…

l’esprit de l’escalier
I think all of my
Most interesting thoughts when
I am on my own.

I am at my most
Charming, witty, erudite
When no-one’s around.

But put me in a
Crowded room or at dinner…
Nothing. Nada. Zip.

I talk in cliché
And other people’s fragments
And misquotations.

Three hours later,
I see what I could have said.
Too, too late.


‘Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.’ – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle


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