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Wordsworth Lays Down the Law

 
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womble



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:10 am    Post subject: Wordsworth Lays Down the Law Reply with quote

My poem 'Wordsworth Lays Down the Law' won me 25-nicker at The Spectator this week.

The brief was to channel a poet's voice as they suggested some law they wished imposed. In Wordsworth's case, which was somewhat true in real life, I had him imposing caps on the number of tourists visiting the Lake District.

If you're interested, the poem is below:

Wordsworth Lays Down the Law

If I’m to wander lonely as a cloud,
the law must minimise the unwashed crowd
of urban poor whose presence I espy,
imperilling my poet’s inward eye.

For unlike Cumbria’s cheery rustic folk,
these city dwellers reek of smut and smoke
and jabber in an uncouth brogue so strong
it’s clear the ghetto street’s where they belong.

Although these interlopers bring in cash,
they leave behind them heaps of stinking trash
for which a levied fine or day in clink
would cause such swarms of visitors to shrink.

Composing verse requires a peaceful view
of craggy cliff, pure stream or sky of blue;
not strangers lurking by my cottage gate,
agog before a literary great.

Razz W
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eric_never
TWI Poet of the Year 2010


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:47 pm    Post subject: ! Reply with quote

Congratulations, Wombat! I like the poem Cool
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womble



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:48 am    Post subject: Re: ! Reply with quote

eric_never wrote:
Congratulations, Wombat! I like the poem Cool


Cheers!

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