The BlairVerseFest: contributions, please!
Some time ago (on 23 June, to be precise), in the comments on an Ephems post about some verse written by Clement Attlee, Labour's greatest prime minister to date, including an Attlee limerick about himself, I invited Ephems readers to contribute some verse about Tony Blair, in the absence of evidence that he writes any about himself (or indeed about anything else). I tried to start the ball rolling with this:
A young politician called Blair
Was distraught to be losing his hair
He said, "I'm appalled!
I shall soon be quite bald –
It just shows that the system's unfair."
I added: Not brilliant, but it's a start. More, please.
Now Baralbion has gallantly risen to the occasion:
A pity no-one has taken up the challenge posed by the prospect of a Blair Limerickfest. Here's my go:
Please don't disclose this letter
(Mrs B, I don't want to upset her).
But that Tony Blair
Is beginning to wear.
After him things can only get better.
I suppose you could say this had the makings of a new poetic form, the Blimerick. But you could also adapt that neglected form the Clerihew to produce a Blairihew, as in:
Of power Blair
Has had his share.
If he has any more
He'll become a bore
To which I added:
Brian applauds: An excellent double whammy for starters. Come on, chaps, follow that! A Haiku (or Blaiku) would be welcome, too: "an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively; also : a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference" – Merriam-Webster. Better these (not too difficult!):
Ageing Tony Blair
Moves slowly towards winter*
Not wanting to go
*[Note seasonal reference]
Tony Blair told his wife with a frown
That it wasn't yet time to stand down
But by 2009
It would surely be fine
To hand over to Chancellor Brown.
Thought it very unfair:
He was increasingly afraid
He wouldn't complete his decade.