Fugitive Fragments

by Mike McGuire

The Villanelle of Reading Goal

2N-2-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Queen gave gay love Royal Assent today,
The bells rang out provoking hype and spin
Some hundred years too late for Oscar Wilde

Enlightened Age defaulted on its name,
With Rulers who diversity detest,
Yet Queen gave gay love Royal Assent today.

Gay men and women, others of less fame
Embrace your freedoms, love and every whim
Some hundred years too late for Oscar Wilde.

He would have coined an epigram with zest
For Queers of England gathered now to sing
When Queen gave gay love Royal Assent today.

No more will church or law invade love’s nest.
NOH8. Update! Equate like person’s skin…
Some hundred years too late for Oscar Wilde.

In Rue des Beaux-Arts papered walls shared jest
As curtains closed on exiled convict’s sin.
The Queen gave gay love Royal Assent today,
Mere hundred years too late for Oscar Wilde.

 

Single Post Navigation

23 thoughts on “The Villanelle of Reading Goal

  1. kdavisfanclub on said:

    Excellent, superb poem, loved this. Best wishes from Baldy :)

    • Thanks for this affirmation Baldy – while the occasion marked a positive new future, I felt it timely to also highlight the inequities of the past.

  2. I admire anyone who can make a villanelle work! :)

  3. We need to acknowledge and make allowance for the Queen’s age and stage in life I guess. And I suppose we need to respect her freedom to seek advice.

    Shakti

  4. I’m surprised it took her so long. The queen’s usually so up-to-date and in step with public consensus and not an expensive anachronism left over from Britain’s imperial past at all.

  5. Beauty in words.

  6. Nice Mike, very evocative and a nice refrain to Wilde’s ballad. I like your new theme too – much more of an impact!

  7. tjtherien on said:

    very well crafted… I tip my hat… well done… Excellent Villanelle

  8. Claudette Edwards on said:

    I never knew Oscar was gay.

  9. Too late for Alan Turing too! Great Villanelle, with the refrain really kicking throughout. (Sorry, brain not totally awake today, so “kicking” had to do…you know what I mean).

    • You’re coming through loud and clear – all the more reason for me to appreciate your taking the time to swing by with a good word. Many thanks. Kick on…

Whaddya think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blue Insomniak's Blog

Thoughts from Within

aurakarma

Stories from the Streets

Javas L'amer Hark

Poems for lovers, heartbreak and great love everywhere.

Double U

The Journey of John White, writer

Journey of Scribbles

the reflections of a 20-something student

Stories We Were Told

A fine WordPress.com site

Jnana's Red Barn

A Space for Work and Reflection

La Vie en Noir

a blog focusing on the beauty of poetry, dark music, fashion and anything that exudes passion - in one way or another.

Who Dreams Me Right

Getting back to the roots

far-out anonymous

hashtag random thoughts

Hearts Aren't Just For Beating

Thoughts, writings, and one man's perspective on our limited lifetime.

Poise with a Little Noise

University Student. Vegetarian. Smarty Pants. Twitter: realjohnsonv

Everyday Words

An exercise in creativity and sanity.

Under Painted Firmament

Here are the stars I was able fathom into constellations.

Never Quite Broken

If you can feel, then you can write

slyvioletflower

Just another WordPress.com site

calmgrove

Exploring the world of ideas through books

Ayesha Mehr Nadeem

Thinking and communicating

nero kein

universe and me – alone

Musings by Xantho

You never know what you may find here...

Zenrinji

a haiku a day

Here

Nowhere else

The Winged Woman

My simple journey

Cloud Gatherings

Let the rain cleanse the soul, tears of hope and healing.

jadedmess

Writings, that's all. My own or someone else's. Dark, happy, sensual, romantic, sweet, sad...whatever the day inspires.

malleable art

popped bubblegum and jawbreakers: POETRY, SHORT FICTION AND OTHER GOOD IDEAS

Wounded Memories

Anonymous place to let spill my wounded memories

Gogyoshi

Short poems for Long days

Sir Morose

In Limbo

Poems & poèmes

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." – William Wordsworth

Libretto

Expression of Thought through Words

Rants Unto the Ether

There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. - Raoul Duke

Zula Julia

Lover of words, wit and surrealism

Le donne lo sanno...

Blog rivolto in modo particolare al mondo delle donne,alle loro passioni,desideri,preoccupazioni.Consigli sullo shopping,sulla cosmesi,sull'alimentazione e in generale sulla vita

Paris Poems

Poetry and short stories by Paris

hocuspocus13

Magickal Arts

Haiku Once A Day

When new to haiku, there’s only one way to learn. Write some every day.

Gugni

Just another WordPress.com site

Feed|the|feesh Michael Layao

Random Acts of Poetry

Personally disordered

Poems of the Strange & Terrible EST. 13 July 2014

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,158 other followers

%d bloggers like this: