(Poem No.37 of my favourite short poems)
I feel like a priest
In a fish and chip queue
As the vinegar runs through
How nice it would be
To buy supper for two
By Roger McGough
[ From: Penguin Modern Poets 10 – Henri; McGough; Patten ]
This gentle compact verse catches, in just a few phrases, some of the emotion of a humdrum everyday activity and wistfully points to the suppressed yearnings of both a personal and a monastic life.
Roger McGough (1937 – ) is an English poet, broadcaster, playwright, and children’s author . He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Poetry Please’. He is one of the leading members of the group which have become known as The Liverpool Poets’.