NaPoWriMo day 8. A poem in ‘ottava rima’, each verse 8 lines with rhyming pattern a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c; traditionally composed in iambic pentameter (da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM) but I’ve not stuck to that here. By some margin I've found this to be the trickest one so far; I decided to construct it from signs/ads etc that I saw along the Bluestar 2 bus route (with minimal paraphrasing) and I'm not sure it works, but hey, nowt ventured nowt gained...
Signs of the Times II
(An epic tale of ads and signage spanning the 10km between Eastleigh and Southampton)
Free this, free that, a better way to fly,
Fixed fee divorce, go, reserve and we will pay,
Slow down, we’re here to help (just don’t ask why),
Cool your cravings, responsibly, low cost every day,
Use side entrance, take a break, do you dream of the sky?
Stress-relieving, police aware, just eat and look both ways,
Your product, our priority - I know he will return,
Closed, gone out, come back later, enter here to learn.
Find your voice, we love sharing, whisper ‘what is the key?’
I want sometimes gets, who says romance is dead?
Tell us what you think of us, exclusive view of the sea,
For better mental health, get luxury out of the red,
We’ll beat any price for your safety and security,
Feeling tired? It’s against the law to mind your head,
Welcome to this project, what’s your reason to run?
Laminates and roll ends, big brands and feel the fun.
2-4-1 big match action, drink and get home late,
Request stop, bullion, I didn’t know they did that,
Good story bro - tell it again, intimate,
Quality British meats, lost ginger cat,
Your future starts here, competitive rates,
Ever wondered where your money goes? Sex chat,
Urgent excavation, the new way to feel good,
Unwanted medicine disposal, now if you could.
Tastes of America, second hand to rent and buy,
Beware, cross dogs, no return, all the best,
You are entering an area where… close your eyes,
At your convenience, no stopping, no pets.
No fouling, just store it! Quit smoking advice,
Score! Goal! Phone to view, keep clear, take the test,
BOGOF, controlled zone, children must not play on site,
Buffets for all occasions, when you leave please turn out the light.