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Maeve Binchy owed the citizens of Dublin half her fortune in royalties because of how she famously evesdropped and stole conversations. Tony Curtis was the first person I heard to say all poets borrow and great poets steal. So when the text arrived reporting on a conversation between my grandchildren on the way home from school I couldn't resist. So here it is and as usual please read enjoy share and feedback.

The Beginnings of a Play


Harvey: a five-year-old boy just started primary school

Walter: a two and a half-year-old brother attending first year in creche

Conversation coming home in the car:

H: How was your day Walter?
W: Grunt
H: Was it good?
W: Grunt
H: Say Aye
W: Aye
H: Did you eat all your dinner? Aye?
W: Aye
H: Did you eat it by yourself. Aye 
W: Aye
H: I’m very impwessed with you.



22.09.2018 10:03


Tom McLoughlin

21.09.2018 16:42

Two lovely looking boys, Peter.
I know they bring you great joy, and may they eve do so


21.09.2018 15:54

Oh, how lovely 💖


21.09.2018 15:51

Ah Peter the treasures of life! Out of the mouth of Babs....full of fun and mischief, hope you are well xx

Catherine D

21.09.2018 15:14

I love this photo Peter! They look so happy and wild - love it! They overshadow your poem - but in this context thats a good thing :)

Latest comments

25.11 | 22:15

Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.

07.11 | 11:14

Hi Peter,

A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there



06.11 | 16:24

A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.

06.11 | 15:59

Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.

In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.

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