“Mum, what’s that noise?” asked Johnny Duboise

as he sat on the comfy settee.

“Its your father”, she replied as the dishes she dried,

“say’s he’s trying to set his mind free”.


“By singing a song?” he asked with a grin

as he as he looked for the TV remote.

“He says that he’s chanting” she replied with a smirk,

“sounds to me more like he’s panting!”


“Is he gonna be long?” Johnny asked with a sigh,

“I wanted to watch the telly?”

“He shouldn’t be love” she replied with a shrug,

“do you want some ice cream and jelly?”


So desert in their hands and a hum in their ears,

they chatted and patiently waited

for the noise to die down and the snoring to start,

which meant dad was happily sated.


“Is he losing his marbles?” Johnny asked all concerned

for he worried about his old dad.

Mum paused for a while then casually smiled,

“You can’t lose what you never had”.


They giggled a while and with a cheeky smile

Johnny said to his mum, “He’s a star!”

“He’s certainly something from outer space,

if a star then he wants bloody shooting”.


Desert came and went and the distant hum

of his dad slowly faded away.

Then after a pause came a thunderous noise

that made them both jump out the way.


“Its sounds like he’s done” chuckled mum to her son

who was looking quite pale in the cheeks.

“Put the telly on, love, I know that snore,

your dad could be out for weeks”.




Written by Darren Scanlon, 14th May 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. loricarlson66 says:

    wonderful Narrative, Darren! I know that noise too! I have two loud snorers in my house.,.. lol

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    1. Rumour has it I snore…but I’ve never heard me!

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      1. loricarlson66 says:

        haha! I used to wake myself up snoring, but just light snores… I think we all do a little 😀


      2. Apparently I’m like an old steam engine

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      3. loricarlson66 says:

        lol… my brother rattles the house and my dad saws logs.. it makes for some interesting acoustics in the house

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      4. You should record it and release it as a rap track.

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      5. loricarlson66 says:

        bwhahaha… two ole country boys used for rap… them be fightin’ words, son! *giggles and snorts*

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  2. philbo62 says:

    Made me smile, that did. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cheers Phil. Just a bit of fun… somebody suggested doing a poem about chanting and something tickled my fancy😊


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