The Past … May 11, 2014 (Free Quatrain)



Weaving down an alley way
My mind went back to ages past
When in this flower of art and culture
The streets were paved in urine …

Funny how we’ve so soon forgotten
The miasma of London town
Cholera raged in the land
Not so many years ago …

The city streets throughout the world
Were filled with horse and carriages …
Now we complain if we find dog poo,
Imagine the streets back then!

The skies of London were thick and black
As coal burnt in homes and factories …
Smog is not a new visitor
We’ve just invented it’s new moniker …

Throughout the ages plague and famine
Were common, among most men …
Yet we only ruined small areas,
Of our Mother Earth back then.

Walking through medieval streets
History surrounds me daily …
I can’t help but remember
How our life has changed so radically.




Thursday Poetry Prompt #19: Alternative History – Palindrome

Prompt: Choosing the form you favor most, propose an alternative history.  Choose any event from history and suggest what might have happened if it had turned out differently.

I’m trying a Palindrome.

purple tension

Invention rivalry

Invented Tesla
Edison invented
Rival invention of electricity…
Edison feared profit and investment lost.

“Mankind  beware!”
Edison said “AC Current Dangerous!”
He electrocuted Topsy Elephant, alas.

Convinced was humanity:  AC refused
Edison set back technology by over 50 years for profit.
Ac refused:  humanity was convinced.

Alas, elephant Topsy electrocuted, he!
“Dangerous Current AC!” said Edison.
Beware,  mankind!
(Lost investment and profit feared Edison.)
Electricity of invention rival,
Invented Edison,
Tesla invented.