Frank Harris

An elderly lady collapsed whilst painting a lamp post

And was taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion

I offered to finish painting the lamp post chocolate brown

And was given a large leather glove not suited to the task

On a paddle steamer off of the coast of Vietnam

An American journalist heard about this incident on the radio

The poet and artist Frank Harris is reported to have painted a lamp post 

chocolate brown after the original worker collapsed in the Liverpool heat 

She immediately rang my friend Ralph who was drunk and received an jumbled answer

Fifteen days later Gertrude arrived in Gravesend and caught a train to Liverpool

She found me painting a poem near the river just after the cops showed up

I thought she was going to pay my fine but instead present me with a recording

Of the radio programme and a bunch of flowers for the elderly lady who had since died