Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

The King’s Lesson

by Neena Davies

The cruel king of England, Henry VIII with six wives
Is teaching students history at a school in St Ives.
Three Catherine’s, two Anne’s and one Jane Seymour,
The pope excommunicated him for ignoring his law.
Henry’s lessons start with Reformation research,
Not surprising as it made him the Head of the Church,
Silent students stare at the monarch and find,
Heads, axes and baskets come to mind.
Deadlines on homework were always met,
Disciplines easy with the Tower as a threat,
What can you expect
When spelling mistakes go unchecked
“Wanted, History Tudor for School.”

Added: 26.03.2011

Judges' comments on this poem


I really like this quirky little poem! It would improve it (and clarify the sense) if the tense ('deadlines...WERE always met') was 'ARE'


:) funny!