Poetic Parking


Poetic Parking

The town of Keswick in the UK sent the following poem in response to someone who complained about a parking fine:

Park only and wholly in a clearly marked bay.
That’s what the signs in the car park say.

Note ‘no exemption’ and just in case, as well.
They add ‘improper use’ as a caution. How swell!

But you parked on the kerb when you might have gone elsewhere,
And you could have let your people out to taste the Keswick air.

Thus returning to your car you find it sporting a new flag.
The parking man has been and you have been had!

Your family’s had a grand time in Cumbria’s premier spot.
The guest house fold were friendly and the food was oh, tip-top.

So much to do, you must return – those Aussies want a spell,
Of staying ‘mong the lakes and hills, though here they call them fells.

I hope you’ll choose a Lakeland base in Allerdale next year.
It’s great to visit, live and work – that’s why I live here.

But when you stop please park with care, be sure you’ll not get caught.
If parking’s hard in Keswick, why not try Maryport."

In a statement, the council said: "We apologise to Mr Lynch. No offence was intended by the tone of the letter and we fully understand that not everyone would appreciate the light hearted nature of the response. In the circumstances, we clearly accept that the approach taken was inappropriate."

Mr Lynch has now written his own poem in response.

My only comment — British apologize over everything. the world "sorry" is the first thing they say, no matter what.  The claim is made that if when the British invaded India, the locals had simply hit them over the head with a 2×4, they would have said "so sorry" and left.

I don’t believe the poem warrants an apology from the locals. But there you are.



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