GloPoWriMo Day 20

GloPoWriMo Day 20

Let’s have a rebellion someone said
We wont paint the roses red
So the Queen will have our heads
Hoorah we’ll wake up dead

No more confirming to her ways
No more caring what she says
We can while away our days
Paint them pinks and blues and greys

You know she wont suspect a thing
You know she’ll probably blame the King
Remove his head with just one swing
That has such a lovely ring

The Queen will be all alone
Sitting on her gaudy throne
No one to hear her moan
Finally reaping what she’s sown

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) takes its cue from Notley’s rebelliousness, and asks you to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way. The speaker or subject of the poem could defy a rule or stricture that’s been placed on them, or the poem could begin by obeying a rule and then proceed to break it (for example, a poem that starts out in iambic pentameter, and then breaks into sprawling, unmetered lines). Or if you tend to write funny poems, you could rebel against yourself, and write something serious (or vice versa). Whatever approach you take, your poem hopefully will open a path beyond the standard, hum-drum ruts that every poet sometimes falls into.

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  1. Ooh, this paints a lovely picture and tells a dark and lonely lesson. From start to finish this is perfection. I think it’s my favorite of all you’ve written.

    1. Author

      Thank you, it was fun to write 🙂

  2. Epic retelling of the queen of hearts. I see the Disney version of Alice in wonderland’s queen 🙂

    1. Author

      Very much my inspiration, I love that movie 🙂

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