To thatch or not to thatch?

The African hut is semi-de-thatched….. the jackdaws are having a ball
If I don’t do something about it soon
there’ll be nothing left at all!

So this afternoon if the weather holds, I’ll be scouring the garden for thatch
there’s marjoram, teasels and bamboo
they’ll do – but will not match.

I’ll teeter on a table or two, balanced loosely upon a board
I’ll cut and sew and prod it well
It’s all I can afford.

If any amongst you can think of a plan that’s better than this one of mine
Would you send it to me with directions re:
‘homegrown straw’ and ‘rustic twine’?

I would love to avoid the pitfalls of pride – wasting time and effort and vim
But a waterproof roof would delight us all
And keep us dry…within!


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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2 Responses to To thatch or not to thatch?

  1. Susan in TX says:

    Well, I know nothing about thatching (other than what I’ve read in Miss Read novels), but you do have a wonderfully creative way of expressing your dilemma! Hope that you are able to get it done before the weather gets too bad.

  2. Mary Robinson says:

    Would roofing felt underneath be cheating?
    Your poem has a good overhanging thatch in the first line of each verse.

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