FUN IN THE SUN WITH THE PUN - A collection of playful poems


Neil Dufty is a satirical poet from the Central Coast, NSW, Australia.

Neil uses a wide range of poetry styles to entertain and provoke thought on social issues. He writes about everyday matters   including ageing, sport, commuting and relationships.

A feature of his poetry is the reworking of well-known poems and songs in a contemporary context. He also writes poems in different characters such as Rapper Duff Daddy (the ageing rapper), Matt Chum (the friendly cricket poet from Matcham) and Terry Gall (the poet with the pointy pen). 

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ISBN: 978-1-921574-51-1    Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 103
Genre:  Fiction/Poetry





Author: Neil Dufty
Imprint: Poseidon
Publisher: Poseidon Books
Date Published:  2009
Language: English




I thought I’d come out of the closet…the poetic closet that is! I’ve pestered too many people with too many poems to keep it a secret anymore. 

I’d like to describe this collection with a noble claim such as ‘an eclectic mix of genres’ or a ‘poetic pastiche’; more likely, it’s a ‘rabble of rants’. Put it this way, I don’t think I’ve value added to our tradition of poetry. 

Anyway, I like to write within different characters (enough said!), so introducing: Rapper Duff Daddy (the ageing rapper), Matt Chum (the friendly cricket poet from Matcham) and Terry Gall (the poet with a pointy pen). 

Apologies to all those old poets whose poems I’ve played around with. Apologies to any others I need to apologise to. 

If you’re one of the sick few who haven’t had enough of this stuff, go to where there’s plenty more. 

Trust you enjoy. 


Central Coast resident Neil Dufty recently launched his first book of satirical poetry at Breakers Memorial Club. Neil usually writes scientific reports in his role as an environmental and natural hazards management consultant. But on the long commute to Parramatta he has turned his writing skills to a very different genre: humorous and satirical poetry. 

Neil has always enjoyed reading poetry but only has written it spasmodically during his lifetime. However, some two years ago, he starting penning satirical poetry on the train to allay the commute boredom. This has culminated in Neil’s first book, titled ‘Fun in the Sun with the Pun: A Collection of Playful Poems’, being published.  

A particular feature of Neil’s poetry is the re-working of well-known poems into a contemporary context. “I enjoyed hearing Weird Al Jankovic’s spin on famous pop tunes so I thought I might try the same approach with some of our iconic poems”, Neil explains. So Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem ‘Pied Beauty’ has been transformed into ‘Fried Beauty’ – a satire on fast foods. And the famous Coleridge poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ has been turned into ‘The Rime of the Central Coast Mariner’ – a tribute to the Coast’s football team. 

Neil also writes through a series of characters, one being ‘Rapper Duff Daddy’. “Rap is the modern day poetry for the people but it is also open to satire”, Neil suggests. So he has written a series of rap poems that are a light-hearted send up of the rap culture. An example of these poems is ‘A Rap for Woy Woy’ – a fun response to Spike Milligan’s quip that Woy Woy was “the world’s only above-ground cemetery”. 

The Central Coast lifestyle features strongly in the book’s poems with quirky offerings such as ‘A Sonnet about a Grommet’. ‘The Ballad of Kenny Campbell’ is a poem about local cricket legend Ken Campbell written in Banjo Patterson style.  

Neil adds, “I lived out west for many years so there are also a few samples of bush verse in the book”. ‘Bush Tennis’ is an example of this verse where Neil describes in a humorous way the conflict between the ‘rural classes’ that may occur in isolated communities.

The book can be ordered through local bookstores or from Poseidon Publishers. A taste of the poems can be obtained at Neil’s poetry website: New poems can be found at Neil’s blog: 

Enquiries: Neil Dufty 0427 130 283 (B/H)




My poetry is full of:

Doggerel and dross,

Flummery and floss,

Drivel I can’t stop.


Sometimes a little quirky,

Mostly, very irky. 

A modicum of meaning

In a milieu of madness



 Glory be to God for all fried things

For well-done patties full of whatever;

For savs encased in thick, crusted batter;

Oily fish and chips; chicken wings;

Chiko rolls – folded, aromatic, full of flavour;

And other beauties, how can they make you fatter? 


All fried things crisp, ooey, gooey, strange;

Whatever raises cholesterol (who knows how?)

With ingredients that must keep you trim;

Let’s buy another scallop with the change:

Praise him. 

(Author’s note: Apologies to Gerard Manley Hopkins for the take on ‘Pied Beauty’)


Don’t shave my mullet, my lovely flowin’ mullet,

Just watch it swayin’ in the breeze,

And if you shave my mullet, my lovely flowin’ mullet,

I’ll fall down cryin’ on my knees.


You can stand and bellow that I’m not a modern fellow,

That my hair is shorter at the side,

But lookin’ at my mane that’s givin’ me my fame,

There’s no need to make it go and hide.


Now you can trash my trailer, yell it from a loud hailer,

Laugh and joke at my retro look,

But Billy Ray perfected it, why are you rejectin’ it?

I’m proud of it and will not be a sook.


I can say it’s fair that the girls just love my hair,

They stroke and fondle it like a cat,

But there’s an older dame who really adores my mane,

It’s aunt Raelene with her ciggy and her tat.


So you can look like new and grow a mullet too,

There are styles that never ever fail,

Now there‘s one with a perm, with bleach to make it firm,

Why not that trendy ratty tail?


Don’t sneer at my mullet, my lovely flowing mullet,

It’s the greatest hair-do by a mile,

And if you sneer at my mullet, my lovely flowing mullet,

It might soon come back into style!


(Author’s note: To be sung to that classic ‘Achy Breaky Heart’)


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