HERE ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT US THIS YEAR, REMEMBERED IN LIMERICK FORM:
Nelson Mandela (July 1918-December 2013)
So RIP Nelson Mandela
A quite incomparable fella
Though back in the day
They locked him away
Today his approval rate’s stellar.*
Margaret Thatcher (October 1925 – April 2013)
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
A leader of eminent stature
Whose rule was decisive
But also divisive
Could not overrule the dispatcher.
Hugo Chavez (July 1954-March 2013)
There was an old man of Caracas
Who polarised friends & attackers
Though many were anti
The old Comandante
A lot of the poor were his backers.
David Frost (April 1939 – August 2013)
There was an old fellow named Frost
A TV man now sadly lost.
Although he was gracious
He could be tenacious,
As Nixon found out to his cost.
Chinua Achebe (November 1930-March 2013)
Farewell to a man from Nigeria
Whose writing was pretty superior
Things Fall Apart
Showed Africa’s heart
Without all the darkness hysteria.
Seamus Heaney (April 1939-August 2013)
Farewell to a poet named Seamus
Whose body of work made him famous
And prizewinning writer
His poems inspire & inflame us.
Iain Banks (February 1954 – June 2013)
A very fine writer from Fife
Has sadly departed this life.
So let us give thanks
For old Iain Banks,
Our thoughts with his newly-wed wife.
John Graham (February 1921-November 2013)
There was an old crossword compiler,
A word-weaving cryptic freestyler.
Witty, bewitching beguiler.
Lou Reed (March 1942 – October 2013)
So RIP music man Lou
Your walk on the wild side is thru
Your satellite’s gone
Your Perfect Day done
But we’re glad we spent it with you.
Reg Presley (June 1941-February 2013)
RIP Reg from the Troggs
Who sad to report, popped his clogs
Mortality found him
With love all around him
With Brenda his wife & their sprogs.
Ray Manzarek (February 1939-May 2013)
There was an old fellow named Ray,
A Doors man who knew how to play.
Come on Light My Fire,
A tune to admire,
Years on is still burning away.
Junior Murvin (1946-December 2013)
So farewell Junior Murvin
Whose legacy’s well worth preservin’
He sang of the ghetto
In piercing falsetto
Compelling & oddly unnervin’.
Ronnie Biggs (August 1929-December 2013)
Old Ronnie Biggs helped rob a train;
Imprisoned, he got out again.
He then did a bunk
And sang as a punk
While Slipper pursued him in vain.
*The Mandela limerick first appeared in There Was an Old geezer Called Caesar: A History of the World in 100 Limericks.