Sunday, February 07, 2010

Wise Beyond His Years?

I somehow I ended up watching "Country Tracks" this morning. This is particularly odd as the countryside just to induce panic attacks in me, but I am learning to deal with open space now.

Anyway, there was a feature about the poet Ted Hughes and John Craven was talking to a group of young children, asking them if they knew Ted Hughes went to their school and did they know the story "The Iron Man". His final question was "Do you think, you'll become a poet" to which a cute little ginger lad firmly said no. "What will you be instead?", asked the presenter.

"A plumber".

Perhaps not the most romantic of ambitions, but plumbers certainly have a steadier income than poets. (although less cachet when it comes to pulling literature students)

4 comments:

cogidubnus said...

Saw it...and yes it stuck in my mind too...bless him...

Roses said...

I'd rather be a poet any day.

Though, I'd rather be a writer than a poet.

This post is turning into a Simon and Garfunkel song.

I'm going to stop now.

SandDancer said...

I would rather be a poet too, and whilst the world certainly needs both, a plumber has a steadier income. I found it refreshing to hear when these days most kids want to be famous.

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