Bill Holloway: Raising The Spirits


The penicillin didn't work, so they've
Prescribed twice-daily Ciprofloxacin,
Not 3 t.d.s. Co-amoxiclave.
I can't drink milk or yoghurt. Likewise, gin
Is frowned on. But this afternoon I thought
Just one with lots of tonic should be fine.
And since that worked, I wondered if I ought
To keep the balance thus. So: tonics, nine,
Gins, three. And now it has occurred to me
To dilute one with t'other even more.
(How wonderful is homoeopathy!)
Six gins, to start, will even up the score,
And soon, the memory alone of tonic
Will cure all ills – minor, acute or chronic.

Bill Holloway