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Sat, 13 Aug 2011
This poem is the favourite of mine, and my huge family. It was written by Charles Causley who was born in 1917 and sadly passed away in 2003, but before leaving us he left behind some of the worlds most wonderful poems and rhymes. He received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967. It is written that he actually said, "If I didn't write poetry - I think I'd explode." I think I can understand how he felt.... for if I couldn't write and read, and, hear of course, I also would become a very sad and lonely person.

Charles Causley, The
Childrens PoetSeligor's Castle Presents 

MY FAMILY FAVOURITES JUST FOR YOU

This poem is the favourite of mine, and all myhuge family. Written by Charles Causley who was born in 1917 and sadly passed away in 2003, but before leaving us he left behind some of the worlds most wonderful poems and rhymes. He received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967. It is written that he actually said, "If I didn't write poetry - I think I'd explode." I think I can understand how he felt.... for if I couldn't write and read, and, hear of course, I also would become a very sad and lonely person.

Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-ToastColonel
Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast

Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast
Bought an old castle complete with a ghost,
But someone or other forgot to declare
To Colonel Fazak that the spectre was there.

On the very first evening, while waiting to dine,

The Colonel was taking a fine sherry wine,
When the ghost, with a furious flash and a flare,
Shot out of the chimney and shivered, 'Beware!'

Colonel Fazackerley put down his glass

And said, 'My dear fellow, that's really first class!
I just can't conceive how you do it at all.
I imagine you're going to a Fancy Dress Ball?'

At this, the dread ghost made a withering cry.

Said the Colonel (his monocle firm in his eye),
'Now just how you do it, I wish I could think.
Do sit down and tell me, and please have a drink.'

The ghost in his phosphorous cloak gave a roar
And floated about between ceiling and floor.
He walked through a wall and returned through a pane
And backed up the chimney and came down again.

Said the Colonel, 'With laughter I'm feeling quite weak!'
(As trickles of merriment ran down his cheek).
'My house-warming party I hope you won't spurn.
You MUST say you'll come and you'll give us a turn!'

At this, the poor spectre - quite out of his wits -

Proceeded to shake himself almost to bits.
He rattled his chains and he clattered his bones
And he filled the whole castle with mumbles and moans.

Charles Causley reading to children,
something he loved to do.But Colonel Fazackerley, just as before,
Was simply delighted and called out, 'Encore!'
At which the ghost vanished, his efforts in vain,
And never was seen at the castle again.

'Oh dear, what a pity!' said Colonel Fazak.
'I don't know his name, so I can't call him back.'
And then with a smile that was hard to define,
Colonel Fazackerley went in to dine.

Charles Causley 1917-2003

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