Adrift #poem #prompt #poetry

jane d propmpt

I’ve always hated grammar

So imagine my surprise

When suddenly last summer

I came across this prize

A message in a bottle

That really made me frown

It forced my stops to glottel

And turned my verbs to nouns.

My tenses were not passive

When the letter I pulled free

It left me with this massive

Urge to throw it back to sea.

The writer started out with prose

Which filled me full of terror

Because, and let us just suppose

It was a schoolboy error.

He tried to use a rhyming scheme

A sort of limerick

Which was enough to make me scream

And an urge, his bubble, to prick.

I am not proud, I have to say

I tore his words to pieces

Which left him somewhere high and dry

Alone amongst his clichés.

This poem was in response to Jane Dougherty’s prompt and I’m late but, will here it is anyway. Sorry Jane.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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29 Responses to Adrift #poem #prompt #poetry

  1. Al Lane says:

    That’ll learn him! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Miriam says:

    Oh I really enjoyed this. Very visual too.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Are you apologising for the poem or for being late with it? It made me laugh. I’ll put it with the others.


  4. Pingback: Poetry challenge: Message in a bottle – Jane Dougherty Writes

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! You old meanie 😠 Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ritu says:

    Good one!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. HaHA! This was brilliant Geoff! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. janmalique says:

    Reblogged this on strangegoingsonintheshed and commented:
    A lively and indeed lively poem to brighten your day.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. An entertaining poem for an almost summer day. This is what dreams are made of. 🙂 A delightful read.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Norah says:

    Love it, Geoff! It rolls off the tongue beautifully.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sacha Black says:

    haha brilliant – I wish i could do rhyming poetry. Very impressed

    Liked by 1 person

  12. jan says:

    Haha! Hilarious. I’m not sending my messages in a bottle to you! ; )

    Liked by 1 person

  13. owlovertheworld says:

    This poem is brilliant ❤


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