Poem with an explanation: spare the flower bearers

Hear the trumpets!

The scroll is unfurled!

The herald reads:

By royal edict,
all yea who hear,
are hereby implored,
to spare the flower bearers.

All yea who hear,
no longer shall they suffer,
no longer shall they feel pain,
no longer shall they be lessened,
from what they are.

All yea who hear,
do not do as others,
do not do without reason,
do not do without care,
and keep with injustice.

All yea who hear,
on this day resolve,
on this day determine,
on this day decide,
to change the present ways.

By royal edict,
all yea who hear,
spare the flower bearers.


This poem is about something somewhat less serious, disguised as something serious.  This poem is about the same thing as the poem from the March 9, 2016 blog post.  Given the time of year, it seemed appropriate.

The poem is set in a medieval town.  The herald and his entourage come.  Trumpets sound, people gather, a scroll is unfurled, and the herald reads.

The herald reads a royal statement.  The herald tells the people that they are supposed to spare the flower bearers.  He says things the flower bearers shall no longer endure, he says things that the people are not to do, and he says things that the people are to do.  He ends by repeating his call to spare the flower bearers.

This poem is meant to sound important.  It is meant to sound like the metaphorical language is describing some sort of plighted group in the world.  In reality, and hopefully this will not be a disappointment, the plighted group, is crepe myrtle trees.

Those who have read the post from March 9, 2016, know M. Sakran’s opinion regarding the pruning of these trees.  This poem is a second attempt at change.  It’s meant to be light, but at the same time, hopefully, have some effect.

In the poem, the flower bearers are the crepe myrtle trees, which are trees with many flowers.  The thing they are to be spared from, is yearly severe pruning.

The fifth stanza, talks about the bad things that happen to the trees from pruning and says these things are to stop.

The sixth stanza, tells people not to prune like others do, not to prune without a reason, and not to prune without care.

The seventh stanza, tells people to change their ways and not prune the trees as they used to do.

Again, this poem is somewhat less serious, but is still meant to make a point.  The idea is get people to change how they prune crepe myrtle trees.

There is a form to the poem.  The poem starts with three individual lines.  The first two are exclamations.

The fourth stanza has elements repeated in the last stanza.

Stanzas five, six and seven, all follow a similar form.  All start with “All yea who hear”, all are five lines long, and all have middle lines that follow a pattern within each stanza.  In stanza five, all the middle lines have “no longer shall they”, in stanza six, the repeat is “do not do”, and in stanza seven, “on this day” is repeated.


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