I must say that I tend to think
Of all the shades porch floors can be
The ones least suitable are pink,
Or orange, or yet strawberry.
A stoep* enamel in light grey
I purchased after much deep thought,
And got our painter, right away,
To paint the paint that I had bought.
The tin instructions set it out
That second coat must be applied
Not less than sixteen hours, about …
But more than twenty-four, denied.
Today our painter failed to show!
With second coat near overdue.
I’m sure who painted it you know –
Yours truly did it, that is hue!
The colour that it used to be
Is shown on access strip we left;
One doorway here, externally …
No entry would leave us bereft!
That strip today I gave first coat,
And made new route on first coat, dried;
Tomorrow we will cross that moat
On drawbridge out of wood applied.