Polly

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For the seventh day of NaPoWriMo we are prompted to write a poem in which each line except the last takes the form of a single, declarative sentence. The final line takes the form of a rhetorical question.

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She’s sorry for the Tweets the ones that do not meet the political correctness of today.
Called ‘a mistake,’ written in annoyance, deemed ‘inappropriate,’ [half-baked.]
With clairvoyance, they would have been avoided, she knows this, come what may.
All of us have done things in youth that we regret, she mustn’t evermore expect to pay.
She will now ameliorate, take critiques and relate to the media attention of the fray.
If it were you or I, perhaps we too would cry, she’s faced it.
Is there any other way?

Polly Stretton © 2013

BBC news – Paris Brown

… and here’s how I would prefer it to be formatted:

She’s sorry for the Tweets
the ones that do not meet the
political correctness of today.
Called ‘a mistake,’ written in annoyance,
deemed ‘inappropriate,’ [half-baked.]

With clairvoyance,
they would have been avoided,
she knows this, come what may.
All of us have done things in youth that we regret,
she mustn’t evermore expect to pay.

She will now ameliorate,
take critiques and relate
to the media attention of the fray.

If it were you or I,
perhaps we too would cry,
she’s faced it.
Is there any other way?

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13 thoughts on “Tweet (Tweet)

  1. I also feel for her. Heard her on BBC News this afternoon. The press have daggers out, it seems.

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    • Poor kid ~ that interviewer was unkind, he kept on until he made her cry. Thank goodness Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, the woman with her, had the sense to calmly upbraid him. The press have a lot to answer for, in my view. This girl is only 17 ~ she managed to give her views well. Hope she comes out of this OK.

      Thanks for commenting Misky.

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  2. Am loving reading your poems for NaPoWriMo, Polly, especially as you’re following the prompts; you’re explanations and then poems are really interesting (hats off to you, I struggle with the discipline of the prompts :-)).

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    • Welcome to my blog, Angela, lovely to make your acquaintance.

      I really like the prompts and like to give a bit of info, so I’m pleased to see it works for you, though I know they’re not for everyone.

      I shall head over to your blog in a while and see what you get up to 😉

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  3. ha. we have had a few here in the states that have taken a beating for their tweets….social media gives us the opportunity to get our thoughts out there…sadly many dont have a filter….

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  4. I’ll have to Google the incident, but in my mind, twitter is for the birds. Too many people blather about whatever and press SEND before having a second thought. It’s bad enough to compose an email of that sort – but you can save the draft and decide to edit it the next day No such luck with Twitter. I’m off it; people would be better off, because it’s a brain drain that sucks the marrow from your bones and irons out perfectly good creases of memory in your brrain! My two cents… Thanks, Polly! Amy

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    • Does the link in the post ‘BBC news – Paris Brown’ work for you, Amy? It should open up a video of the press interview …

      I know several folk who feel as you do about social media.

      Thanks for commenting x

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  5. Let’s hope she learns from this and moves on. By the way, I also prefer your second format!

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    • Ah, Libby, for sure she will, she’s young.

      Nice to see you prefer the second format … I thought it was just me objecting to be told exactly what to do (!) but then again, maybe not, as I love form in poetry as a general rule 🙂

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  6. I preferred the second format Polly.
    What can I say… actions have consequences!

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