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John Forbes

Dean Martin’s

definition of happiness

— for Nigel Roberts

Chris Wallace-Crabbe once told me
that we all become morally coarser
as we get older -
                                        ‘Speak for yourself’
I thought at the time
but that was years & years ago
& now I’ve just read
Dean Martin’s definition of happiness
                              a bottle of whiskey,
                              a blow-job
                              & a million bucks

I’m not sure he wasn’t right.
                              John Forbes

Dear Nigel,
                                  A poem for you!

This previously uncollected poem is made available courtesy of Nigel Roberts, reproduced as it appeared on the letter to him from John Forbes.

Also see Nigel Roberts’ ‘Dialogue With John Forbes’.

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