Tom Vaughan: Genie

It’s not very easy to throttle
a genie once out of the bottle
so if you should spot
such a flask, let it rot
or your life will become anecdottle.

You might find it fun, when at first
he pops out like a cork, but you’re cursed -
the problem, you see
is that once he’s set free
you’re his slave – and that’s not the worst.

He’ll provide all you want, that’s for sure,
but you’re doomed deep inside – it’s a law.
You’ll never be happy
you’ll always be snappy
and your friends will walk out of the door.

But maybe that’s just ancient lore
to stop people asking for more –

Let me out, and I’ll help you explore . . .