As it is World Poetry Day on 21st March I thought I'd produce something topical and in a style that is very old - the ballad.
The ballad was a form used as early as the 14th and 15th century and had a regular format.
Rhyming pattern ABABBCBCCDCD D
The Ballad of Sturgeon and May
There were once two fine women of political extremes,
intent on furthering their own power and ambitions,
took the fair country of Scotland with its hopes and its dreams,
and rent it apart for their own advancement and missions.
May and Sturgeon stand toe-to-toe defending positions,
each hoped to best the other with fine speech and in debate,
differing viewpoints from the electorates decisions,
will the national families continue to relate?
The coming few years are for the politicians to create,
a union that works in Europe and across the world,
so that our children have futures of worth to await,
even though the blue starred European standard is re-furled,
with bated breath nations wait the chaos of netherworld.
©David L Atkinson March 2017
For what its worth the art work above is also mine!
On such an auspicious day for poetry I repeat the quote made by Robin Williams and point you towards my last collection of poetry.
We don't read poetry because it is cute.
We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race,
and the human race is full of passion.
This second collection of poetry is different from ‘The Musings of a Confused Mind’ in that it is NOT intended as a semi-educational experience in which I explore a range of styles with examples and rules. This collection apart from some recent insertions, if read chronologically, could almost be biographical in that I write poetry weekly and the enclosed works are from the last three years. When I write poetry I choose a style that feels appropriate to the subject and mood I’m feeling at the time. It is my wish, as always, that when this is read it delivers something to the reader and provides a level of entertainment. Also if you need an outlet for tensions of your own then try writing.