Personalised Number Poets
You’ll have seen them with their flash verse,
souped up adjectives firing on all syllables,
tuned to perfection, yet built to last.
The lines are honed and glistening and so waxed
and polished you can see their reflections.
The body of work is trim, streamlined, frictionless and smooth
and gets them where they want to go.
Not even air could resist.
Open up the verse. Have a look under the sonnet.
See how it works, what makes it tick,
what fuel-for-thought-injection systems are on display:
the twin verbs; the alliteration; all iteration.
What ingenuity has been involved in the design,
the economy of space, ergonomic perfection.
The same goes for the interior.
The choice of ancillaries is to-die-for,
whether you’re talking vintage and classical,
all mahogany dash and sleek upholstery
or off the wall, post-modern, foot down, feet up,
the latest model, un-rapped, unprecedented,
first off the production line.
Listen to it go from purr to scream
as it races from iambic pentameter
to rap and back in seconds.
Take the convertible: a few deft touches
and it’s a breath of fresh air.
The 4 by 4 performs on any quatrain.
The Poets Lorry-ate, with their big, butt of sack payload,
now have a 10 year tenure.
There’s the family saloon: almost pejorative,
every day verse that we’re all familiar with, perhaps,
but when you need to get from A to B (or not to be),
there’s no question. It’s no blur in the mind.
It’s reliable and always there for you.
Good mileage, as driven by the B412D himself.
Yes, those personalised plates:
K3475 in a fruity, mellow Autumn Mist;
TEN150N, a super charged Light Brigade;
B7120N driving a Chillon Castle;
HA12DY T, out in all “Weathers”;
the old Clock Stopper himself, AUD3N;
HUG1-large screw-13S, no E-by gum-type;
and Burns, TamTam O’ Shanter sat knav-ishly perched,
rides his M(e)G with RAB813 B plates.
WH17MAN, E2RA P and EL107,
are the American big three.
For 51MON A, there’s the Range Rover 2010;
and for MOT10N, an Oxford Academic.
G120UND-breaking, EAR7H-shaking, BRE47H-taking: