Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Goodbat Nightman


God bless all policemen
and fighters of crime,
May thieves go to jail
for a very long time.

They've had a hard day
helping clean up the town,
Now they hang from the mantelpiece
both upside down.

A glass of warm blood
and then straight up the stairs,
Batman and Robin
are saying their prayers.

* * *

They've locked all the doors
and they've put out the bat,
Put on their batjamas
(They like doing that)

They've filled their batwater-bottles
made their batbeds,
With two springy battresses
for sleepy batheads.

They're closing red eyes
and they're counting black sheep,
Batman and Robin
are falling asleep.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, April 02, 2003

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  • Peter Richards (9/3/2011 12:37:00 PM)

    There is a very great deal of allusion to this:
    http: //allpoetry.com/poem/8518995-Vespers-by-A.A._Milne

    For McGough's immediate audience in Britain when his poem was written, 'Vespers' was probably so well known as to render accreditation unnecessary. Handy info for any student types that pop in here though? (Report) Reply

  • Tom Prato (2/10/2006 2:58:00 AM)

    Jolly and exquisite. Who doesnt like Batman and Robin? The poet has captured the flavour of the child's response to these two adorable comic heroes. Superb! (Report) Reply

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