Channelling the spirit of Sir William Topaz MacGonagall, after yet another blue-light trip to the Big Boxy Waiting House for the Not Yet Dead, I found myself furiously scribbling these lines, seemingly from the pen of the Master himself:
The Conquest of The Conquest
‘Twas in the year 2011, not 2011 BC, but rather 2011 AD,
That His Honour Christopher McGonigal was found reclining on
his bed by his wife, who, some might say, was a lady;
That’s not Lady as in the wife of someone who has been knighted,
But rather, Lady: somebody whose company makes you feel delighted.
“Pray tell me,” quoth she, for she was a lady of Good Christian
Virtue, “what arts’t thou doing reclining on a bed when it’s not
even noon of a Saturday?
Normally, at such an hour as this, you’d be consulting
with genealogical websites like the one of the Church of the Saints,
the one they call Latterday.”
“Why, My Good Lady Wife, I do believe that at this particular
juncture, it might be deemed appropriate to call me an ambulance.”
“As you wish,” said she, “you’re an ambulance.”
“No, call for the services of the ambulance vis-à-vis a Me Going to
Hospital Situation, for that would be properly prudent.”
And his wife complied, for she was the sort of wife who would accede
to a spousal request, rather than one who wuden’t.
Following on from this, they journeyed to The Conquest, the hospital
once frequented by Spike Milligan,
Although he doesn’t need the services of a hospital anymore as his
condition is one in which he unlikely to get ill-again.
The doctor then spake in words which might have been thought by
some to be difficult to comprehend,
But which roughly translated as “You’ll need to stay in The Conquest
Hospital if you’d like to be helped get on the mend.”
So his wife and his daughter and his son and his grandson did give him
their heartfelt exhortations,
Namely, to remain steadfastly well overnight and not indulge in such
things as might be beyond his current physical limitations.
And it was at this point that the connection established by my Spirit Guide to Sir William Topaz MacGonagall was broken and thus the poem remained incomplete.
NB I’ve warned him that anymore bloody heart attacks and I’ll sodding well finish the poem myself (and yes, that was a threat).