Historical Haiku

Macbeth

Thane as the next man,
wed Gruach, died peacfully,
trashed by history.

Robert Falcon Scott

Hero underdog,
was Pole-axed, found with British
frozen upper lip.

Doctor Crippen

Helped the telegraph,
but mainly famed as husband
who lost his patients.

Elizabeth Taylor

For marriage guidance
telephone Liz: ring, ring, ring
ring, ring, ring, ring, ring.

Sid Vicious

Fatal Nancy-boy,
hero on heroin, Sid
transit gloria.

Black Beauty

Never quite knackered;
a foal and his mummy are,
alas, soon parted.



From the book Send-Up