We are asking YOU to write a poem based on the ‘rule’ explained that month. Print it out or write it out very neatly, add your name and a contact number and/or email on the back and post it through the door of Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main Street, Sedbergh or email your entry to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk by the end of the month.

Your work will be displayed on the notice board outside Sedbergh Information Centre and also several online places (Sedbergh Community Forum, Booktown website, Lookaround website), so your work will be available for everyone to read. No names or contact details will appear.

We will chose a subject each month which applies loosely to Sedbergh life and hope at the end of the year to have a collection of poems that can be published.

Previous months’ entries

Poetry Challenge No 1 – Haikus about Spring

Poetry Challenge No 2 – Tricubes about Learning

Poetry Challenge No 3 – Blank Verse about ‘Sedbergh folk then and now’

Poetry Challenge No 4 – June – A Summer Ballad

June’s Challenge is to write a Summer ballad that might be set to music.  You could write some original music OR you could imagine your words set to a well-known tune such as the examples below. Don’t forget to tell readers which tune you have chosen so they can sing along.

A ballad is a rhyming narrative poem written in a form that can be sung to music. Ballads most often use the rhyme scheme abcb. This means that in a group of four lines, the second line rhymes with the fourth one. The first and third lines do not rhyme.

Barbara Allen (anon)

In Scarlet town, where I was born, (a)
There was a fair maid dwellin’, (b)
Made every youth cry Well-a-way! (c)
Her name was Barbara Allen. (b)

All in the merry month of May, (a)
When green buds they were swellin’, (b)
Young Jemmy Grove on his death-bed lay, (c)
For love of Barbara Allen. (b)

Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes

Drink to me only with thine eyes (a)
And I will pledge with mine (b)
Or leave a kiss within the cup (c)
And I’ll not ask for wine. (b)

The thirst that from the soul doth rise (a)
Doth ask a drink divine (b)
But might I of Jove’s nectar sip (c)
I would not change for thine. (b)

As before: post your efforts through the door of Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main Street, Sedbergh or email to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk, closing date June 30th 2020.