TO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF MY PREVIOUS BLOG

Having removed my foot firmly from my mouth i hope the following little ditty amuses or at least doesnt offend, it sums up my time in Saudi Arabia many moons ago.......

SOMEWHERE IN THE ARABIAN DESERT

WHERE THE SUN IS LIKE A CURSE

AND EVERYDAY IS FOLLOWED

BY ONE THATS SLIGHTLY WORSE

WHERE THE DUST AND FLIES ARE THICKER

THAN THE ENDLESS DESERT SAND

JUST ONE OF THE MANY TORTURES

OF THIS HOT AND HUMID LAND

SOMEWHERE NEAR THE GULF OF PERSIA

WHERE A WOMAN IS NEVER SEEN

WHERE THE SKIES ARE NEVER CLOUDY

AND THE GRASS IS NEVER GREEN

WHERE THE DRINKING WATER IS COLOURED

LIKE THE DRAINAGE FROM THE SINK

AND A MAN CANT DROWN HIS SORROWS

COS THERES NOT A BEER TO DRINK

SOMEWHERE NEAR THE TROPIC WATERS

WHERE THE NIGHTS ARE MADE FOR LOVE

THE MOON IS LIKE A SPOTLIGHT

AND THE STARS ALL GLEAM ABOVE

NOW ALL THAT GLEAM AND GLITTER

OF A LOVELY TROPIC NIGHT

IS MERELY A WASTE OF BEAUTY

COS THERES NOT A GIRL IN SIGHT

YOU CAN HAVE THIS ARAB COUNTRY

WHERE THE MAIL IS ALWAYS LATE

WHERE A CHRISTMAS CARD IN APRIL

IS CONSIDERED UP TO DATE

WHERE THE DONKEYS ARE ALL CRUMMY

AND THE CAMELS EVEN WORSE

AND I REALLY MUST BE CRAZY

WHEN I START TO WRITE IN VERSE

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  • This poem, all about Saudi Arabia, is of no relevance to women seeking advice and support on this site specifically addressing issues of ovarian cancer.

    Isabelle Cadbury

  • I agree it isnt, but IMO it is a light hearted thing which may, just may, make someone smile. Plus as far as i am aware the forum is for members to post something and not necessarily always ovarian cancer issues.

    I am sure if i am wrong on this then others will have a similar view to yours .....we shall see.

  • Thank you ...It has made me smile anyway :-) humour is good for the soul is it not? :-/ ;-)

    Cheers love x G x :-)

  • Cheers Gwyn and i second that emotion x

  • Sorry to be a spoilsport but I didn't find it funny or appropriate.

    Anne

  • Having just got back from hospital with Angie (another long day sitting and waiting, reading crappy magazines 12 months out of date, bored and fed up), this raised a much needed smile to both our faces. Thanks for sharing. Anything that raises a smile to Angie's face of late is very welcome.

  • Hi Andy, I too lived in Saudi for about 3 yrs around 2000-2003.

  • Sorry, Lawrence, when were you there?

  • Laughter is the best medicine, and we all need some. Well done.

    Viv

  • I enjoyed your poem so thanks for posting it.

    Linda

  • I enjoyed your poem...a welcome relief from some of the sad things we read

    on here some days.

    X Angie X

  • I enjoyed your poem too, it definitely raised a smile. I particularly agree with Angie, we hear so much bad news, we all need a laugh. I feel the forum is to help each other in any way possible, and raising a smile does it every time.

    Chris

  • Thanks for this comical poem - anything that brings a smile to our faces is welcome by me. Life is dealing some of us a bad hand right now and I loved it. It obviously didn't make us all titter but then if we all had the same sense of humour the world wouldn't be so interesting would it?

    I have to say I was all ready to post on your previous blog - I was more than happy to share my experience. Surely if you had put the privacy thingy on it would have been a very interesting blog. Hope I don't get slapped down for this reply :( x

  • I guess at some point someone will raise the topic again...yeah i wish i had put the privacy thing in, but i guess it would still have been a sensitive/private subject, and not one that many would feel comfortable commenting/participating on.

    Glad you like the little ditty. x

  • I enjoyed your poem and it made me smile raising my endorphins which all helps in the battle.

    Love Suex

  • Dear Laurence

    I wonder perhaps if some of the members on the site aren't aware of the terrible time you and Christina are going through and the support you're providing for her at a time when it seems there are few options left.

    Thanks for thinking of posting the poem to cheer us up. I think we rather need to return to Ovacome about a Users' Forum as this site has so many functions - for the women with advanced and incurable Ovarian Cancer, for women who are long-term survivors, for our husbands/partners and loved ones and for all our supporters. We all have different needs and access to different groups.

    As I understand it Health Unlocked are redesigning the basic forum to make separate areas. I for one think this is a great idea.

    I enjoyed the poem about Saudi.

    xx love Annie

  • I loved it as well, it made me chuckle, love Kerry x

  • Lived in Doha in late 70s till 82, very similar but I could drive. Your poem made me smile, thank you.

    Wish you both the very best.

  • Thanks for posting , it is funny and I send you both my very best.

    Charlie xx

  • For those that didnt think it appropriate to post this on the forum, well we all have our own opinions and clearly i didnt post to 'annoy or offend'.......as others have said often laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes its the only medicine.

    For those that smiled.....i am glad to have contributed to that.

  • Well it seems as if the "Jury is Out" on this one... LOL.... :-/ ;-) it just highlights to me how different we all are, we should enjoy our differences...and like it has already been said it would be a boring world otherwise....love x G x :-)

  • I liked your poem too, nice way to start the day.....with a smile. Love Ann xx

  • Thanks x

  • by the way, yes I am not long out of bed.............been a hectic week

  • Dont blame you, chill when you can thats what i say.

  • Made me smile and I need that right now. DD who so far has rarely complained, rarely got upset about all that has happened to her is really not coping with the idea of yet another laparoscopy in November ( nd concerned about what might be discovered and what that might mean). She is very fed up and just wants her life back - you can all relate to that I am sure. I'm finding it hard to see her like this - quiet and withdrawn. I find it tough anyway to watch my DD go through all of this, but I have usually managed to raise a smile from her, all be it a mere glimpse of one, until now. I am always there for her of course, but feel like I am walking on egg shells - she doesn't so much snap back, but she glares! Bless her. I love her to bits and I understand her anger about how unfair all of this is.

    Let's keep making each other smile, when we can.

    Honey xxxx

  • Oh Honey,

    What a special Mum you are

    It takes time to absorb news you don't want and I know that I am always a bit prickly until I have sorted it all out in my own mind before I am approachable again!

    Lots of love and gentle hugs

    Sue x

  • Glad it made you smile....and as for the glares from DD etc, i recognise them from CHristina and all the egg shells i walk over, or probably crunch into the ground....

    This is such a terrible illness and the effect on families and friends, let alone those that actually have it, is like a tidal wave....just spreads far and wide to everyone and effects everyone so much.

    Like many humour gets me through most days and i grab at a smile whenever i can x

  • Thanks for posting the poem it brought a smile to my face and after having a difficult few months and even more recently a difficult few weeks i think we all need something that brings a smile to us without worrying about what we are all going or been through recently xx love nessie

  • I agree. Sometimes we need the distraction of a bit of a giggle. It helped me and Mr C to cope when the going got tough. So thank you.

    Love Mary xx

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