IF I DON'T WRITE IT...!
Cheers, Dear Eric, eighty-three
High a-top script-writers' tree
Freelance worker, actor, star
Oldham roots, he must go far!
Early days that led to war
RAF man to the core
Pitchoune there to light the dark
D-Day landings were no lark!
"Educating Archie" start
Brough and Andrews played their part
Working for the BBC
Writing scripts, almost for free!
Always Harriet is there
Inspiration through the air
Frankie Howard, Fraser Bill
Gilbert Harding.. bound to thrill?
Tommy Cooper, what an ace (Kalimera, Ray!)
Brought a smile to ev'ry face
Hattie, like a sister too
Richard Wattis with the crew
Marriage calling, 'need a nurse
Dipping in that "Lankie purse"
Edith, patient, rules the roost
Always gave your life a boost!
Children blooming, Kathy, Sue
Julie added to the "crew"
Little David, "Watch that pond!"
Harriet.."Wave magic wand!"
So successful, playing golf
Soon a painter like Oz Rolf! (Help!)
Connery, a constant friend
Nineteenth hole, the place to end!
Jimmy Edwards, Big Bad Mouse
Theatre p'rhaps your fav'rite house?
Charlie Chester, Scott and King
Maybe soon, you'll have to sing?
Milligan, the ALS
Hancock, star, we all confess
Galton, Simpson, Johnnie Speight
Work with genius', your fate!
Musical, John Williams play
Brass bands on a summer's day
Sometimes drumming, cricket star!
With that golf you might go far!
Trotting 'round this busy world
Flag Rhodesia unfurled
Love to see the Aussie shore
Spain, a villa, and much more!
By-pass surgery, 'goes deaf
Hepatitis, almost death
Real survivor, rarely rest
World of Comedy the best!
Family 'round you, Tommy's fez
Doddie too, that manic Les! (Myself?)
Deryck Guyler, Secombe, Pete...
Sellers on the "Panther Beat"
Take the plaudits, CBE
And an actor: "Cherry Tree"
Always one to make us smile
Passing eighty: "Rest a while!"
Recently on "Des' and Mel" (2005)
Gosh, you're looking really well
Keep us smiling, spin the stool 13/05/2021 xx
Eric Sykes, nobody's fool! Written for Eric Sykes in 2006. He signed the poem, saying "Your verse is almost as good as my book!" (The title)