It’s World Book Day!

World Book Day has come round again. I’m reading some poems at my local school, and thought I should write something for the occasion. This is a Villanelle, which has an unusual repetitive structure. The first and last lines of the first verse get repeated throughout the poem. I’ve not followed the pattern exactly at the end; I hope it goes down well!

A Villanelle for World Book Day

I have to write a poem for World Book Day,
My local school have asked me to recite,
But …
If it’s no good, they might all run away

I sit and think, all night and then all day,
I tell myself – those kids will be polite
But
I have to write a poem for World Book Day,

I drink a coffee in a street café,
I must get something written by tonight,
Yet …
If it’s no good, they might all run away

I hear the children coming out to play
I tell myself – they’re harmless – they won’t bite,
I have to write a poem for World Book Day.

A villanelle! That’s something different. Yay!
To show it isn’t just my name that’s bright.
But
If it’s no good, they might all run away

At last it’s finished. Sing: “Calooh-Callay!”
It’s nothing special, but, I guess, all right.
I have to write a poem for World Book Day,
And if it’s good – perhaps they’ll shout: “Hooray!”
I said: “If it’s good – perhaps they’ll shout: “Hooray!