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

The Morning After

Written and performed on "Broadcasting House", on Radio Four, on Sunday 16 November 2003. Commisioned by the programme to celebrate a recent outbreak of Anti-English sentiment at the Rugby World Cup!

The Morning After

The morning after the seventh day,
Rather than stay in bed,
God leapt up at the crack of dawn
And created the Welsh, instead.

He created the roaring Irish,
And the bonnie Scots as well,
And then he created the English,
And the whole lot went to hell!

For the English inspected Eden,
Every animal, fruit and stem,
And decided everything in the world
Had been put on the earth for them.

So they tightened their grip on Eden
And started breeding quick,
And they set about naming the "animals"
Taff, and Jock, and Mick.

The Welsh, the Scots and the Irish
Sighed and resigned to their fate,
But they thanked God for the English,
For He'd given them someone to hate!

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