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Chance Would Be a Fine Thing

If poetry had its rightful due,
And poets thus were honoured too.
If bards had place at the high table,
And skalds too - if they were able
To at least sit mostly upright
While swilling Buckfast through the long night -
And those of us who deal in doggerel
After the style of William McGonagal
Were tolerated if not praised,
Then I for one would be amazed.
For now alas, the day's long gone
When draughts from springs of Helicon
Brought status and immortal fame
To those who bore a poets name.
If verse still earned a golden ring
Then chance would be a fine thing.

2005 John Macintyre


The Pagan Federation

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