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Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 15:21:15

Please add a verse.

I see Queen Liz in her mother of the bride dress and coat ensemble,
Unchanged in colour and cut throughout her long reign,
Same old, same old, but new.

Her recession weary subjects battle on in tunics not from Primark,
Better an ethical tunic today and an Individual Voluntary Agreement later,
Than a Chinese child appliqueing a Western conscience.

The Grandsons, beyond the help of grade inflation, tsk,
And Waity Katy, what does she do?
Apart from wait, and cover her ears to calls for "doors to manual" from the thinning grandson's boozy chums.

Please add a verse/ write a new poem.

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 16:03:50

very bloody good Swedes. Will try later, have lots of kids here.

Threadwworm Wed 10-Sep-08 16:37:51

I see a Lady Di a death a step ahead of sordid press
Unchanged in colour and cut throughout its long rein
Same old same old, but new.

A nasty game of seeking fame and balking at the price,
Taking the job of wedding a nob and being a token wife,
Royal-i-ty TV, a documentary of a schlepping celebrity life

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 19:37:42

Marvellous Threadie. You should write lyrics for Roddie Frame.

Threadwworm Wed 10-Sep-08 20:06:20

<Googles Roddie Frame in fear of this being crossbow-type commentgrin>

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 20:51:49

<whips out Leatherman>

Really bloody good you two. Bloody hell.

TheDevilWearsPrimark Wed 10-Sep-08 21:05:09

A wandering woman
Hair a stylish cut,
yet lank

She wanders to the park
To see, perchance
A perfect Lady
Her hair so stylish
And not Lank

This perfect lady
Children upon Radio Flyer Wagon
But a tear in her eye

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 21:09:47

Threadie's has a proper meter and it's street.

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 21:13:08

I'm so ashamed of appliqueing. grin

<slashes wrists>

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 21:19:03

That's me, that is (the lank one)
Actually, and the tear in eye one..

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 21:22:08

blimey threadie's has that thing where there's two meanings, you know, rein and reign. Oh god what\s it called.

If I ever get with the programme (though have to say I am balking myself: bar set too high) are we sticking with royalty..?

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 21:26:24

christ it's even cleverer: it repeats Swedes line and changes rein and cut.

Blu Wed 10-Sep-08 21:27:34

Onebat - go for a corgi..on a lead rather than a rein..

ChacunaSonGout Wed 10-Sep-08 21:29:08

The ruddy complexion - the thinning hair his dulcet tones endearing
His love has lasted through decades -surviving the follies of time
Offspring have grown strong and charmed a credit to their parents
Forgive his foibles and celebrate -the man we call our Prince

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 21:54:19

Kicking moss on this or that Welsh hillside
turning empty shoulders to
the wind that cuts through its long rain.

Muffled to his ears in hunter's tweed
his famous check no check
upon the drizzle and
the drip, drip, drip of 'not quite yet.'

ChacunaSonGout Wed 10-Sep-08 21:55:31

this could be a return to the infamous haiku night shock

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 21:55:32

Prince Charles, Heir Apparent, Big Ears, Buffoon, Lillet,
A crowded marriage and a monstrous carbuncle of an extention at the National Gallery.
No time to check your hair - parting - so low. No time to bake.
Overcharging the public for some miserable biscuits baked by the Duchy. Original!

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 21:55:43

damn famous = celebrated

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 22:05:22

Onebat - Are you thinking of a homophobe? grin

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 22:07:51

Onebat - Darn and drat. That's too good.

Threadwworm Wed 10-Sep-08 22:37:45

Reeling rolling stoned by Mum's censorious subjects
He gathers moss in spite,
And holds aloft these dripfed green credentials
Malign, resigned to sermons rather trite.

Threadwworm Wed 10-Sep-08 22:39:44

I love
"his famous check no check
upon the drizzle and
the drip, drip, drip of 'not quite yet.'"

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 22:39:48

I am indeed thinking of homophobe, Swedes grin

It's quite hard, this poetry business, isn't it? I have absolutely no recollection of any technical stuff. (Apart from limericks.)

Swedes Wed 10-Sep-08 22:55:00

I worship the free verse of Walt Whitman. Clearly.

<hides Fenton's book on English Poetry>

onebatmother Wed 10-Sep-08 22:59:27

Oh bravo, all of you.

Do you think they might choose us, collectively? Though I worry that only you, Chacun, have the requisite enthusiasm for the job. The rest of us might petulantly bite the hand that feeds, I fear.

We could all take a hour-long shifts, until they've got through the whole of MN. grin

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