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Private Eye poet pays tribute to Wilfred De'Ath

Blog | By EJ Thribb | Mar 18, 2020

In a moving poem, Private Eye's teenage poet, EJ Thribb, remembers The Oldie's Gentleman of the Road. How Wilfred would have loved it! With many thanks to Ian Hislop and Private Eye

Poetry Corner

In Memoriam Wilfred De’Ath, vagrant, fraudster, convict and Oldie columnist

So. Farewell

Then Wilfred De’Ath.

Every morning,

In the bathroom mirror,

You stared De’Ath

In the face.

And in latter years

You often looked Like De’Ath

Warmed up.

But eventually

De’Ath was the

One person you

Could not cheat.

Leading to the

Final headline:

“Death of De’Ath”.

E.J. Th’Ribb (17 1/2)