Sybil Bruncheon's "People In Poetry"…… page 113. "The Big Match!!"...

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The match was planned, oh, weeks ahead                                                             And both the fighters famous.                                                                                 The challenger was Jaunty Jim.                                                                               The champion was Seamus.

Now Seamus stood just five feet two                                                                       And weighed 200 pounds.                                                                                       And Jim they say was six foot ten                                                                           And could go eleven rounds.

The sniping started right away                                                                                 On both sides and so petty.                                                                                     Bragging, ragging, bally-hoo!                                                                                   The "Beachball" and "Spaghetti".

The pair prepared in every way                                                                               With exercise and diets.                                                                                           The tickets for the special night                                                                               Had ended up in riots.

It’s said that Seamus looked his best.                                                                   He’d dropped a goodly sum.                                                                                   Perhaps a dozen pounds or so                                                                               And weighed one eighty one.

And Jim was lifting weights all day                                                                           And eating like a horse!                                                                                           He stood much taller than his foe                                                                           But lacked a punch with force.

The weeks rushed by. The date drew near,                                                             And both the gents were ready.                                                                               The press and bookies made their rounds.                                                             The odds on both held steady.

And then at last the night had come.                                                                       The crowds had filled the tent.                                                                                 The heat, and smoke, and sweat were thick                                                           When the telegram was sent.

The referees, promoters too,                                                                                   And trainers stood there shaking.                                                                           They read the message right out loud                                                                     To all whose hearts were breaking.

“Dear Sirs, you see, we’ve left you all.                                                                     We’d rather never fight.                                                                                           We talked a bit and made a plan                                                                             To leave by train last night.

We’re going to Niagara Falls.                                                                                   And travel far and near.                                                                                           Then Jim and I may buy a house.                                                                           Please wish us luck! We’re queer.”

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