New Book of Humorous Poems Released By Richard Langdon Cook

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"The Bright Side of Life's" humorous verses are a tonic for trying times. The British author, now living in the U.S., draws on his English humor and life of international travel to offer poems that inspire laughter and highlight life's special blessings.

The Bright Side of Life

British author Richard Langdon Cook has combined his keen English sense of humor and love for the language to produce a book of humorous poems, "The Bright Side of Life," a heartwarming collection inspired by a life of international travel and astute observation on his current U.S. home turf.

The title, a nod to the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's "Life of Brian," hints at the book's frank, droll, and at times poignant view of life's ups and downs. "I like to write about what is going on around us," Cook said. "I wish to entertain and always try to keep it simple. No complicated language or deep thoughts that are difficult to understand." While hopefully amusing readers, the humorous poems also encourage them to dwell for a while on life's special blessings.

He turns a wry eye on subjects such as the social life of penguins in Argentina, tour guides in Rome, a lone lady at the Ritz, yogurt, golf, modern art, cricket and how it feels to be a traffic light. "I like to paint pictures in words. Every poem must have an idea, a heart," he said, "and I like to have a little twist, a little 'Oh!,' at the end that makes people smile." The book also contains 45 illustrations of the humorous verses.

Cook, born and raised in London, was educated at Mill Hill School. After graduation, he spent a year hitchhiking around Europe, grooming ski slopes in Norway, trimming trees in Germany, and harvesting grapes in the south of France. With three years of military service in the Royal Artillery behind him, he joined the international arm of Johnson & Johnson in 1958. In a career spanning 42 years, he visited 127 countries and managed the company's operations in Japan and South Africa. His last 10 years with J&J were dedicated to establishing and managing The Johnson & Johnson School of Advertising.

Now retired and living with his wife in Sarasota, he is also the author of two memoirs; "One for the Yipper" for golfers, and "I'll Catch the Sun" for those who prefer to be outside their clothes rather than in them. He still enjoys traveling, writing, cooking and caring for his lone avocado tree while being convinced, despite his advancing years, that his best golf is yet to come. For more information on Cook's humorous poems, see The book is available online at and for a suggested retail price of $12.95.


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