Today, the challenge is to write a poem for children. This could be in the style of a nursery rhyme.
So I got thinking about nursery rhymes and how they are often subtly linked to challenging, political or gruesome events in history.
Cornwall left the Queen of Hearts,
Tipped up like an apple cart,
Take a picture, no-one posed,
Papa Ratsi plucked the rose.
Camellia is just as sweet,
And the secrets she will keep,
That fair bloom will keep her head.
Long live the Queen.
The Queen is dead!
England sighs and England cries,
And asks how did the Lady Die?
Isle of flowers, let her rest.
She’s the Princess we loved best.
Lisa Goodwin April 2014