For the love of language

English is a rebellious tongue

defiant and disobedient.

Like a passionate protestor

it rails against rigid rules

and dodges

pattern and conformity.

And lucky is the linguist

who joins its

joyful dance.


Where males may sail

with crews who cruise

past whales in Wales

and foul sea fowl.

And soles are soiled

down lanes well lain

and herds are heard

where whey is weighed.

And hot suns rise

where strong sons stride

hauling papers 

ripe with news

of lawyers who pore

over every clause

to save criminals course

from lives cut short

by the noose.

And citizens all

from hovel to hall - 

newspaper buyers

blind to the bias -


while coffee is poured

and pampered pets 

with padded paws

and sharpened claws 

proudly purr.


A playful tongue 

for a sophisticated palate.

A language so liberal

It’s largely illogic.

A sound-scape so varied

its range is symphonic.

How blessed is the poet

with palette




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trevor homer

Fri 3rd May 2019 12:49

The thing about English is there are so many rules - with poetry there are no rules. Thought provoking and enjoyable Josie - Thanks

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Thu 2nd May 2019 21:38

A real work out for our minds and delectation - some clever ideas to digest, but it all wants to be read quickly and taken down in evidence! It just leaps off the page and brings joy.


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Mae Foreman

Thu 2nd May 2019 19:07

Loved it! Absolutely! The message and the means! Love the English language and love this poem!
Thank you ?

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 2nd May 2019 17:54

I've often said exactly this, just not as well. Very, very good!
And yes it is a beautiful, illogical, expressive language.

J. x

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jennifer Malden

Thu 2nd May 2019 16:54

Liked this! English is a mongrel language so it isn't easy to form rules, especially for pronunciation - the infamous ough ending - tough - through - plough -though - etc.! Also do did and does as auxiliary verbs are mysterious to EFL learners. They try to translate them, but of course can't. Liked foul sea fowl!


<Deleted User> (21487)

Thu 2nd May 2019 16:29

I did enjoy this one - but i do not feel very blessed - just dazed and confused?

i liked "with crews who cruise
past whales in Wales"

it shows how 'crewel' our language can be .

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