Today’s prompt: Write a poem using a title from one of the spaceships’ names in the books by the Scottish sci-fi author Iain M Banks. Hmm… That’s a mouthful! And I’m not into sci-fi, but his spaceships do have amusing names: “Unfortunate Conflict of Interest”, “A Series of Unlikely Explanations”, “A Fine Disregard for Awkward Facts”, “Frank Exchange of Views” – yes, that’s the one that seems to stand out to me. I think I have an idea forming in the mists of my mind…
Before I tackle that though, I would just like to say thank you to those of you who have liked and/or chosen to follow my blog. I must admit it’s really exciting to see that someone is interested in what you have to say – especially being a real newbie at this! So a great big “Thank you!” to you!
Frank Exchange of Views
by Angel Dawson
Mrs Miller stood at the fencepost
‘Neath her wide-brimmed summer hat,
With hands on hips and gossiping lips
She blurted “What do you think about that?”.
Mrs Patrick was rather astounded
By this frank exchange of views.
She was humbler, a bit of a mumbler,
When it came to expressing such news.
Mrs Miller studied her neighbour
With an all-seeing pair of eyes.
She had no shame, was a pro at the game
Of unveiling a small town’s thoughts and lies.
“Well? What do you say about that, dear?”
Mrs Miller pressed on in delight.
Each town enjoys tidbits but this was the limit
And Mrs Patrick gathered her might.
“These people you speak of so freely,”
Said she with her head held high,
“Whether saints or sinners are our friends and neighbors
Yet you judge them from sky-high.”
Mrs Miller looked somewhat gobsmacked,
For this was a first for her.
And that is the end, dear reader and friend,
Of the friendship on Hyacinth Road.