Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Poetry Thursday 39 - December

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. 
Please put a penny in the old man's hat. 
If you haven't a penny a ha'penny will do and if you haven't a ha'penny 
Then God Bless you!

Yes that time of year again. I'll be honest - I love it. I'm not talking about the commercialised, panic buying, money wasting version of Christmas, but the warm, fuzzy, kind and generous celebration. Even if you are not religious the way we treat each other at this time of year can't fail to strike the coldest of hearts as at least different. For me, I can almost see the glow that is exuded by many folk at Christmas time. Ok I'm an incurable romantic at heart!
It being Poetry Thursday and almost December, I have decided to embark on an ambitious theme of writing poetry, in some form or another, for the month of December. I know we are not there yet but I thought that I'd begin simply and in educational mode with an acrostic poem. As I have mentioned in the past this is one of the forms of poetry that we as teachers were required to teach by the English National Curriculum (bah humbug!) For the uninitiated this is simply taking the first letter of a word and using that letter as the beginning of a phrase related to the original word. So taking DECEMBER I have written  Christmas related phrases. It is quite surprising how few Christmas carols and songs do not begin with the letter 'E' and there are 3 in the month. For those who claim not to be poets or poetic in anyway this type is easily accessible and can be fun.

Deck the halls with bows of holly
E'en so here below, below
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Each bough doth hold its tiny light
Mild he lays his glory by
Be near me lord Jesus
Enter then O Christ most holy
Rise to adore the mystery of love
©David L Atkinson November 2012

Ding dong merrily on high
Each other now embrace
Christmas time mistletoe and wine
Eight maids a-milking
Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ
Bell’s on bobtail ring
Eleven pipers piping
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

©David L Atkinson November 2012

Just a couple of quick efforts that I hope indicate how easy it is to create poetry. It seems plain to me that this could be developed into a much more sophisticated form by creating ones own phrases with tighter links but that is for you to experiment with.

God Bless