Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

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Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby saparris » Mon May 04, 2015 6:45 pm

Group Poem XXI will be (I hope) a humorous poem called “Yes, Mrs. P”

The poem will be written as a conversation between two individuals: a male and a female. The topic of their conversation will be whether a female should be elected President of the United States. The man is against the idea; the woman is for it. The first two lines of each stanza will be a comment by the man, and the next two will take by the woman. This alternating pattern will continue throughout each stanza. Contributors, as always, will post only one line at a time.

The poem will consist of 5 stanzas of four lines each—all written in iambic heptameter (seven stressed syllables, each preceded by an unstressed one). The rhyme scheme will be ABAB CDCD, EFEF, GHGH, IJIJ.

An example is:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

Before posting, copy the entire poem as it stands, paste it into your reply, and then add your new line.

The title and first line are as follows:

Yes, Mrs. P
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do!
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Mon May 04, 2015 8:35 pm

Yes, Mrs. P
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do!
"First Lady" means a consort, and "First Woman" sounds like Eve.

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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Slava » Mon May 04, 2015 10:13 pm

Audiendus wrote:Yes, Mrs. P
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do!
"First Lady" means a consort, and "First Woman" sounds like Eve.
Yet the next line is from the male, so he's complaining about what the female President's mate is to be called. First Dude is already taken, by Mr. Sarah Palin. First Gentleman, the logical corollary to First Lady, somehow just doesn't work. And what if the female President is a lesbian, or single? (The same, except for a word, goes for any male homosexual.)

Even First Husband doesn't work, as that implies there is at least a Second.

I'm looking forward to seeing where this one goes. I do hope I can come up with something to add, though given my feeble poetic skills that's highly unlikely.
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby saparris » Mon May 04, 2015 11:39 pm

Yes, Mrs. P

But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do!
“First Lady” means a consort, and “First Woman” sounds like Eve.
It barely matters what he’s called—or was called hitherto
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Tue May 05, 2015 12:11 am

Slava wrote:Yet the next line is from the male, so he's complaining about what the female President's mate is to be called.

Sorry – I was confused. :?

Can you suggest an alternative second line?

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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Tue May 05, 2015 6:11 am

OK, here are the first three lines with my new second line:

Yes, Mrs. P
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto.

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Re: Group Poem XXI

Postby Audiendus » Tue May 05, 2015 6:53 pm

It has been agreed to add 'He' and 'She' to identify the speaker clearly.

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto.
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred.

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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby saparris » Tue May 05, 2015 8:32 pm

[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto.
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred.

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Wed May 06, 2015 8:35 am

[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto.
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred.

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls.

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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby saparris » Wed May 06, 2015 10:16 am

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto.
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred.

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls
[She]
Or fetching Chinese take-out while she keeps the world afloat.
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Wed May 06, 2015 2:08 pm

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto.
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred.

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls
[She]
Or fetching Chinese take-out while she keeps the world afloat.
If that's too dull, he might show tourists round the White House halls.

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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby saparris » Wed May 06, 2015 5:35 pm

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls
[She]
Or fetching Chinese take-out while she keeps the world afloat.
If that's too dull, he might show tourists round the White House halls

[He]
I'd love to see "her highness" facing Putin in a skirt
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Thu May 07, 2015 8:28 am

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls
[She]
Or fetching Chinese take-out while she keeps the world afloat.
If that's too dull, he might show tourists round the White House halls

[He]
I'd love to see "her highness" facing Putin in a skirt
Or hectoring in high-pitched tones some oil-rich sheikh or prince

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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby saparris » Thu May 07, 2015 3:06 pm

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls
[She]
Or fetching Chinese take-out while she keeps the world afloat.
If that's too dull, he might show tourists round the White House halls

[He]
I'd love to see "her highness" facing Putin in a skirt
Or hectoring in high-pitched tones some oil-rich sheikh or prince
[She]
A little touch of estrogen can change the worst stuffed shirt
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Re: Group Poem XXI - Yes, Mrs. P

Postby Audiendus » Fri May 08, 2015 1:49 am

Yes, Mrs. P
[He]
But she would have a problem from day one: “First Man” won’t do
To designate her consort, and "First Gentleman"'s absurd!
[She]
It barely matters what he's called—or was called hitherto
I'd happily accept whatever title he preferred

[He]
Of course you would—as long as Madame Wifey wins the vote!
She'd give him minor tasks like choosing pictures for the walls
[She]
Or fetching Chinese take-out while she keeps the world afloat.
If that's too dull, he might show tourists round the White House halls

[He]
I'd love to see "her highness" facing Putin in a skirt
Or hectoring in high-pitched tones some oil-rich sheikh or prince
[She]
A little touch of estrogen can change the worst stuffed shirt
As proved by Cleopatra, Good Queen Bess, and others since.


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