Goff Morgan - Adventures In Hack Poetry

A repository for the poetry of Goff Morgan, the one and only Newport Town Poet. Goff was the only official town poet in Wales from 1997 to 2000, and since then has continued in an informal capacity to write commissioned verse for BBC Radio Wales, and others.

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I trained as an actor in the early eighties, and performed my own one-man shows until 2000. I was made Newport Town Poet in 1997, and have broadcast on BBC Radio Wales since 1991. My first solo programme for Radio Wales was "Goff At The Pictures", and I've recently completed a two parter called "Goff's Guiding Principles".

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Asking For It!

On Friday the 4th of November, 2005 I was contacted by BBC Radio Wales (at lunchtime) and asked to come up with a "welsh" Haka for the evening news programme "Good Evening Wales".

Wales were playing New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff the following day, and they thought it would be a wizard wheeze to come up with our own version of the Haka to cahllenge the New Zealanders supremecy in this art form - we obviously weren't going to be able to challenge them effectively on the pitch.


Wales lost disgracefully, but I feel that had the Welsh team responded to the Haka with my own stirring version of a traditional Welsh challenge, things might have turned out differently.

If you'd like to find out more about the Haka, here's the excellent site I visited when researching this poem.
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/culture/haka-feature/haka.cfm
(And you thought I just made it all up, didn't you? A Tahu to you!)

Asking For It!
(An Untraditional Welsh Haka)

Come on, then! Come on, then!
You're asking for it!
Come on, then! Come on!
No,He's asking for it!
Don't make me come over there!
Let me get over there!
Somebody stop me!
He's asking for it!

What are you looking at?
What is he looking at?
Who does he think he is,
He's asking for it!
Somebody hold my coat!
Look, will you hold my coat!
I'll have him in a minute,
He's asking for it!

Don't tell me to leave it!
Don't tell me to leave it!
I know he's not worth it,
He's asking for it!
Don't want no apologies!
Too late for apologies!
No-one spills my pint,
He's asking for it!

Come on, then! Come on, then!
Don't make me come over there!
What are you looking at?
Somebody hold my coat!
Don't tell me to leave it!
I don't want no apologies!
No-one spills my pint,
He's asking for it!

1 Comments:

Blogger Gareth Jones said...

Dear Goff, I am an aspiring poet and live in Newport. I am looking to find a poetry group or poetry reading/sharing group but don't know of any...
I found your site and enjoyed some of your works... I like the one about the fight over a spilled pint... Having been to Newport I can well see that image!! Ha ha...
Anyway, I would just like to know if there are any groups etc. in the locality... I would be very grateful to hear back from you, Yours Sincerely,
Gareth Jones
whiskyfussell@yahoo.com

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