Eating too much liquorice
Can kill you
Said the headline in the Washington Post
The black kind of course,
Not the red.
Eating a bag of liquorice
Makes your ankles swell up,
Your potassium plummet,
And your blood pressure soar.
A woman with some of these symptoms
Walked into ER and declared,
‘I might be having a heart attack.’
She was rushed to intensive care
Where they found out all that was wrong
But no sign of heart failure,
Until, a lowly registrar asked,
‘Have you been eating liquorice?’
‘Why yes!’ she replied,
And that’s when they made the connection.
So I won’t be eating liquorice
Because it’s bad for me.
I did like liquorice allsorts though.
This poem is based on a real life event publicised in the Washington Post in January 2015