Friday’s Piece


Home is the place where, when you go there,
They have to take you in.

(Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
3rd June, 1971

(My childhood home, Harare)

Wednesday’s Piece


Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

(Resumé – Poem by Dorothy Parker, 1893 – 1967)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
2nd June, 1971

Saturday’s Piece


As a beauty I’m not a great star,
There are others more handsome by far;
But my face I don’t mind it
Because I’m behind it –
‘Tis the folks out in front that I jar.

(Anthony Euwer)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
31st May, 1971

Thursday’s Piece

And when the religious sects ran mad,
He held, in spite of all his learning,
That if a man’s belief is bad,
It will not be improved by burning.

(W. M. Praed – ‘The Vicar’)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
30th May, 1971