Mother-In-Law War

Punch and Jude

I have been following, along with millions of others, the mother-in-law and manners saga in the national press. Of course, mother-in-laws have long been the target for jokes, some of them very funny, many unprintable. My favourite is “I haven’t spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months – I didn’t like to interrupt.’ Any way it got me wondering if there were any poems about this notorious species. After trawling through some two dozen poetry books to no avail, I went on to Google and found some really terrible ones from amateur poets. It seems to me there is a serious gap in the poetry pantheon and I intend to have a go at filling that gap. If any one knows of a poem on the subject of mother-in-laws please let me know. In the mean time here are two little gems I found on my travels.

‘Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.’ Voltaire

‘Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law.’ Japanese proverb