SONG OF WILLIAM, INSPECTOR OF DRAINS

SONG OF WILLIAM, INSPECTOR OF DRAINS

Let others betake them to Western Plains

And ease the redman of his ill-gotten gains;

No Tomahawk ever shall injure the brains

Of William, the local inspector of Dreains.

He mounts his tall trap, gives his charger the reins,

And gallops away through the green country lanes,

The Board pays the posting – the balance remains –

With William, the Local Inspector of Drains.

He finds out the holding and what it contains,

Then maps out his system in furlongs and chains

And points out positions for “miners” and “mains” –

Such wisdom has william, the Local Inspector of Drains.

He plunges through marshes long haunted by cranes,

Unmindful of how dark bog-water stains;

Traducers assert that this ardour he feigns,

They little know William, Inspector of Drains!

He stays in his quarters, of cours, if it rains,

And wakes the piano’s voluptuous strains,

And if of delay the bold tenant complains,

He’s sat on by William, Inspector of Drains.

The fair maids of Cavan (this William maintains),

Tho’ I think one should take it with salt, a few grains,

Have left in a body their woe-begone swains

For William, the Local Inspector of Drains!

‘Tis an onerous post – but the writer refrains

From dwelling at lenghton its pleasures and pains,

It may not last long, but as yet he remains

Yours faithfully,

                             WILLIAM,

                                      Inspector of Drains.

French, Percy. (1980) ‘Prose, Poems & Parodies.’  Dublin, Helicon Limited