Shrove Tuesday

I find the date of Pancake day

On an advert someone threw away

It used to come to me through mass

Informed of its approach in class

The point of Shrove Tuesday

Is to batter out the basics

Use up all your treats

Polish of your tasty eats

The last of the Winter storage,

Before Lent to give you courage

To survive the abstinence

The hungry months we called them

Before we had ASDA or Morrison

And now we don’t know hunger

Pancakes marketed to the consumer

As a fun and friendly day

Not the harbinger of dismay

40 days of lay away

Until the Easter orgy

Now eggs are in the shops

Before we’ve put forward clocks

Religion used these festivals

To sell us irrefutables

Like Jesus, God and Mary

Now it promotes excess dairy


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