skiing

I Would Like to Apologise for the Delay

I would like to apologise for the delay
in coming to work today.
This is due to a signaling failure
between my primary motor cortex
and pyramidal motor pathway.
I shall remain here instead,
sidelined in this bed,
until further notice.

I would like to apologise for the delay
in going for a run today.
This is due to leaves on the tracksuit
I wore last week,
during my unsuccessful attempt
to bury myself
in a coppiced wood.
I would be there still if I could.

I would like to apologise for the delay
in joining your skiing holiday.
This is due to the wrong kind of snow,
which, as far as I’m concerned,
is any kind of snow
that enables people
to hurtle down slopes, at speed,
on skis.

I would like to apologise for the delay
in taking part in life today.
This is due to delays.

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Ski Stanley

Stanley didn’t like to ski.
He’d slope off with a flea
In his ear
And drink beer
Back in the chalet
In order to rally
A vestige of cheer.

Downhill skiing got Stanley down
But cross-country skiing
just made
him
cross.