Poem of the Week
The Perfect Competition Entry
Stanza One, metaphorically speaking,
Raised the curtain on scene, plot and cast;
The result of meticulous tweaking,
It was clear it could not be outclassed.
Two and Three, in an intricate metre
Not uncommonly fatal to wit,
Played tricks with new terms, such as ‘tweeter’,
Yet alluded to stars of Eng. Lit.
Stanza Four was superb, deftly crafted
To conclude sixteen lines with a roar,
Leaving rivals, for once, truly shafted
And the readers all gasping for more.
It stuck to the rules, without fudging,
Each phrase polished up till it shone
Like a gem for the moment of judging—
But the deadline by then was long gone.