List of Claude Morris' Poems
  A Grave Situation    
  A Rum Complaint    
  Commercial TV D.T.s    
  The Draw-Back    
  The Eucalyptus Cutter    
  The Legend of Angel Creek
  The Run-up    
  The Shooting Of Sam McHugh    
  The Topaz Trail    

The Run-Up


© Claude Morris

The Boss was up before the sun,
Eager to have the muster begun,
But Charlie the blackboy never could share
The Old Man's taste for the pre-dawn air.
And had to be wakened day by day
By the Riot Act roared in the Old Man's way.

"When I was young," he once declared,
"At five o'clock I was up and prepared,
And I'd run two miles, and just for fun,
Jump a five-foot gate at the end of the run."

Lazily Charlie got up from his seat,
Quite unimpressed by this splendid feat.
"Five foot?" he said with a pitying look,
"An' so you should - look at the run you took!"


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