It’s Magical #poem #poetry #kipling #thewaythroughthewoods

Another go at one of the BBC’s top one hundred poems in English, this one based on The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling which came in at no. 48. It was one of my father’s all time favourites so I hope he’ll forgive the liberty. As before, I take the first line and the structure and then go off on a frolic of my own…

They shut the road through the woods.

It’s caused some constrenation.

It isn’t right; it’s beyond the pale;

We deserve an explanation.

Someone said, ‘There’s been a death.’

Another announced, ‘It’s pretty gory.’

But this is such a magical place

That must be some fairy story.

We’ll ask Ma Hood; she’ll know the truth,

Or those two in that sweet cottage,

Or that girl who lives with those seven blokes

And makes the Bears their porridge.

It’s been confirmed; someone’s dead;

They’ve been pulled limb from limb.

I know they’ll blame Old Man Wolfe,

But my bet’s on the Brothers Grimm.

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 geofflepard.com 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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12 Responses to It’s Magical #poem #poetry #kipling #thewaythroughthewoods

  1. Ritu says:

    Love it, His Geoffleship 🤗

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Brilliant, Geoff. I’m rather pleased to see you take the piss out of Kipling. I’ve rather gone off him since I found out about all his Boer war propaganda poetry.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. V.M.Sang says:

    This is a poem I remember well from my childhood. I love your take on it!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Oh, that’s a great idea! Sometimes we need a source of structure and inspiration. I like how you finished the poem with our own words and ideas, you’ve executed it beautifully 🦋

    Liked by 1 person

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Love it Geoff 💜

    Liked by 1 person

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