Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Primrose Path

                                   Helen Allingham


The Primrose Path! The way to Hell!
A phrase we all know very well.
The libertine's, the easy way,
Ignoring rules we should obey.
The lure of luxury and ease
May lead one to a life of sleeze.
Drugs and drink may give a kick
But the end result is pretty sick.
The pretty country maid above
Is being lured by illicit love.
Her lover waits down in the dell.
( Oh dear! She's on her way to Hell!
She's ignoring a vital rule for sure......
'Little maidens must be pure'!)
Who coined the words? (It's not too hard.)
Yes! Of course! The famous Bard!
"Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede."
William Shakespeare 
Make sure that you 'reck your own rede'
Or you'll be off to Hell indeed!


Dorinny said...

Hello. Just want to say Ive recently discovered your blog, and I LOVE your poetry. Its the sort of poetry I like to write (and read). I dont have anything recent on my blog, but reading this has stirred up the sleeping poetry dragon within. thank you xx

Lisa said...

I won't follow this brick road :) but the poem is fun.

Jinksy said...

That makes for a lovely exclamation- "Well, reck my rede!" LOL :)

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

It is always a treat to read you.


budh.aaah said...

dear she is on her way to hell..'I so hope not

Anonymous said...

Love the way you linked this to the painting and Shakespeare!

Anonymous said...

Your gift for rhyme and meter is unsurpassed. Do you think in meter like I do in haiku (sometimes)? :0)

Nanka said...

This is a treat to read the poem and hope many more do so too and pay heed to your words, if they are anywhere down that path. ;)
Many messages wrapped in the small verse.

Anonymous said...

I totally enjoyed this...thanks
Happy potluck!

Anonymous said...

i concur with your writing.. here's my potluck for this week:

Lyn said...

I think I've already done that, been there..and now I'm on the way back..
very smart poem, as usual!!

Bing Yap said...

i love the rhythmic flow of your piece. it was so much fun to read this. excellent job you did!