Health Fanatic (in spirit)

I’m toying with the idea of getting healthier.  Notice, I say ‘toying’ with the ‘idea.  Too much time sat at the computer I think.   Well I am going to have a bit of a shake up soon (1st July to be exact).  On that day I shall have kept to my resolution to blog every day and I will have completed one full years worth!   In the future, I won’t feel guilty if I take a day off from blogging, but I won’t be leaving my blog for days upon end.  Sometimes I will concentrate on Bookstains (which has been rather neglected recently) But I promise I will continue to put more art on here.  I have plans for ‘echostains’ future…….:)

In the meanwhile, here’s my favorite ‘punk’ poet –  John Cooper Clarke to remind me what I am missing out on:)  But for those who prefer to read the poetry or who have difficullty understanding the accent …..

Health Fanatic by John Cooper Clarke

Around the block – against the clock
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock
Running out of breath – running out of socks
Rubber on the road… flippety flop
Non-skid agility… chop chop
No time to hang about
Work out health fanatic… work out!

The crack of dawn he’s lifting weights
His tell-tale heart reverberates
He’s high in polyunsaturates…
Low in polysaturates…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award awaits
It’s a man’s life
He’s a health fanatic… so was his wife

A one-man war against decay
Enjoys himself the hard way
Allows himself a mars a day
How old am I – what do I weigh
Punch me there… does it hurt… no way
Running on the spot don’t get too hot
He’s a health fanatic, that’s why not

Running through the traffic jam – taking in the lead
Hyperactivity keeps him out of bed
Deep down he’d like to kick it in the head
They’ll regret it when they’re dead
There’s more to life than fun
He’s a health fanatic – he’s got to run

Beans greens and tangerines
And low cholestrol margarines
His limbs are loose, his teeth are clean
He’s a high-octane fresh-air fiend
You’ve got to admit he’s keen
What can you do but be impressed
He’s a health fanatic… give it a rest

Shadow boxing – punch the wall
One-a-side football… what’s the score… one-all
Could have been a copper… too small
Could have been a jockey… too tall
Knees up, knees up… head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick
He’s a health fanatic… he makes you sick

  

Around the block – against the clock
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock
Running out of breath – running out of socks
Rubber on the road… flippety flop
Non-skid agility… chop chop
No time to hang about
Work out health fanatic… work out!

The crack of dawn he’s lifting weights
His tell-tale heart reverberates
He’s high in polyunsaturates…
Low in polysaturates…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award awaits
It’s a man’s life
He’s a health fanatic… so was his wife

A one-man war against decay
Enjoys himself the hard way
Allows himself a mars a day
How old am I – what do I weigh
Punch me there… does it hurt… no way
Running on the spot don’t get too hot
He’s a health fanatic, that’s why not

Running through the traffic jam – taking in the lead
Hyperactivity keeps him out of bed
Deep down he’d like to kick it in the head
They’ll regret it when they’re dead
There’s more to life than fun
He’s a health fanatic – he’s got to run

Beans greens and tangerines
And low cholestrol margarines
His limbs are loose, his teeth are clean
He’s a high-octane fresh-air fiend
You’ve got to admit he’s keen
What can you do but be impressed
He’s a health fanatic… give it a rest

Shadow boxing – punch the wall
One-a-side football… what’s the score… one-all
Could have been a copper… too small
Could have been a jockey… too tall
Knees up, knees up… head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick
He’s a health fanatic… he makes you sick

 

 

video by jbearden

John Cooper Clarke’s website Here  (Health Fanatic poem and many more)

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9 Responses to “Health Fanatic (in spirit)”

  1. Great poem, but I can’t say it has spurred me to activity! I look forward to your next post here and will check you out on bookstains as well.

  2. This poem is great.
    He performs in an unusual way though.
    lol
    .

  3. No, me neither as far as any activity is concerned:) Thanks Kirsty for taking a look at bookstains!

  4. artistatexit0 Says:

    I think you are addicted to blogging and recommend you switch to a lower fat blog! I’ve done this myself and feel pretty good averaging three posts a week.

    • You may be right about the addiction Al, I am going to cut it down a bit – it’s good discipline for writing though and keeps my interest going. I might even get time to actually do some art for myself:)

  5. dear lynda,
    this poem is enviably a great poem about those who heads out to th egym and look good. maybe i take from this man the lesson and pick up the habit to becoem fit. it’s a constant struggle to keep over weight out of the scale. thanks for posting this lynda. i enjoy it.

  6. Hah yes Marvin, I know exactly what you mean – the intention is there but the body isn’t willing:) I’m glad you like John Cooper Clarke – I’ll put another one on soon. As you can see – the poet takes his own advice where the gym is concerned 🙂

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