OctPoWriMo Second Day and National Poetry Day.

The OctPoWriMo  prompt today
is to write about the number

National Poetry Day in UK,
the second of October. 

My blog post number is 2222
so I’ll celebrate that too.

Enough of this persiflage,
it’s time to write a poem or

in two line stanzas,
all the way through.

The Start of it All

Nursery rhymes and silly songs from Mum
Poetry is in my genes, but I didn’t know.

Under a toadstool crept a wee elf
Out of the rain, to shelter himself…

Dad made doggerel as easy as speech
and I joined in, line and line about.,,

Holly, holly, mistletoe,
sit the baby on the  chair…

In nineteen forty-eight a Prince was born.
I wrote him a lullaby, words and music – I was nine

Sleep, Charlie, sleep
The sandman will creep….

At school we recited poetry –
like music it was to my ears …

How beautiful they are,
the lordly ones that dwell in the hills …

We won the local Festival,
a silver cup to celebrate …

A piper in the street today
set up and tuned and started to play …

Years went by, a busy life
with more songs than poems …

Let the bright Seraphim  in burning row,
Their loud uplifted Angel-trumpets blow …

Studying late in life for a degree
introduced poetry again to me …

,,,Doggerel is delicious, but it only lasts a second
while real poetry lasts forever ,,,


Sources of refrain quotes:

Elf and the Dormouse
How Beautiful they are
A Piper in the Street today
Let the bright Seraphim
The rest come from Viv’s early efforts.




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11 Responses to OctPoWriMo Second Day and National Poetry Day.

  1. Bastet says:

    fun history Viv ..
    a poet born
    I’m sure you are
    from Doggerel
    to haunting sonnets
    … fun read!


  2. cshowers says:

    What a joy to read! Thanks so much for sharing.

    God bless you,


  3. What a lovely stroll down through the past, up to today where poetry from your pen slips so sweetly into our hearts.


  4. LauraALord says:

    A lovely history. What fun!


  5. I beg to differ! Doggerel can last just as long because it has a bouncy quality that makes it easy to recall.

    Love these two for Day 2, Viv.


  6. zoebyrd says:

    What a happy little history and it felt like a romp down memory lane!


  7. MarinaSofia says:

    Had to laugh long and hard at this one:
    Doggerel is delicious, but it only lasts a second
    …while real poetry lasts forever
    Great way to celebrate Poetry Day, Viv!


  8. naldera says:



  9. Very nice. Enjoyed reading it.


  10. Misky says:

    A complete joy to read with my first cup of coffee this morning. Good morning, Viv.



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