Treasure Island

John Knight

(8 September 1933 / Liverpool - UK)


STRUCTURE & FORM IN POETRY. Classical Poetry always has Structure even though it does not always rhyme. The Structure gives it metere and flow which facilitates reading and recitation. In my book - recitability is an essential character of a good Poem! . A lesser know Poetical Structure is RHYME ROYAL which inposes a strict metre (usually imabic pentameter) and a strict rhyming pattern a b a b b c c. Each verse must consist of seven lines. The number of verses is optional! As an Environmental Scientist I am concerned with the Conservation of Water which is the subject of this Rhyme Royal

Whence comes this water that we need for life?
Where does it go when we flush it away?
A shortage in some countries causes strife
Will it run out like coal and oil one day?
For all resources there's a price to pay.
We all use water - like it was for free
Just turn the tap - it's there for you and me.

God touched the clouds and made the rain - from the rain
Formed the sea and from the sea formed the clouds
To rise and cool and give us rain again.
The rain provides the water for the crowds.
When it evaporates it goes back to the clouds.
Each dropp of water makes our lives secure
But every day we're using more and more.

The Planet Earth has water everywhere
Liquid or a solid or a vapour
In oceans - rivers - lakes and in the air
Icecaps or on frozen lakes like paper.
We scrape it off our windscreens with a scraper!
Mountain stream - boiling steam and freezing snow
A lolly ice? Thanks very nice - It is all H 2 O.

The Water Cycle keeps the water going
Round and round - none's lost to outer space
Precipitation - raining - hailing - snowing
Moves the water round from place to place.
Especially when a snowball hits your face.
Streams and rushing rivers keep it all in motion
Then water falls down waterfalls and ends up in the ocean!

Water Water everywhere - for our daily needs
Turn the tap and use the river and the well
Don't pollute - don't dam the spring that feeds
Without 'clean water' life on Earth is Hell!
Clean Water has no taste - no clour and no smell.
Water Water everywhere - please please stop and think
Water Water everywhere - but not one dropp to drink! ! ! ! !

(John Knight - Frozen Colchester - December 2009)

Submitted: Sunday, December 20, 2009
Edited: Sunday, December 20, 2009

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  • blank blank (2/8/2010 12:31:00 AM)

    nice poem. Thank you for the invite. I like the stucture even though I had never heard of rhyme royal before. The importance of water in our daily lives is discussed in this poem.

    In my opinion, the main theme of this poem is the need to preserve the most important substance on this earth. It also explores the appearance of water in many forms including; vapour as in 'in the air' and 'boiling steam', in the form of liquid as in 'waterfalls' and 'ocean' and in the form of solid as in 'ice' and 'frozen lakes' and in the term of 'scrape it of our windshields with a scraper'

    I would like to know about the strict rhyming pattern you mentioned here, about the a b a b b c c. thank you once again. (Report) Reply

  • Ritty Patnaik (12/30/2009 2:54:00 PM)


    dear john....amazing poem! this is also a warning to all, not to use up all our water resources blindly.fantastic write and all shouldread this and be aware of what is coming......1015 is not very far away! (Report) Reply

  • masked lady (12/28/2009 6:20:00 PM)

    Great poem! It reminds us to take care of our nature so we'll not run out of the precious water. I wish this poem of you my friend will be released in tri-media so that world will be reminded how precious our water and all that belongs to mother nature. (Report) Reply

  • Lady Grace (12/22/2009 5:51:00 PM)

    3/4 of earth is water..and we all know how precious the water is...we should not waste water, other countries are still suffering scarcity of water...nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Irina Podgorbunskya (12/22/2009 12:44:00 AM)

    Super poem! It makes us not forget about our delicate nature! We should save it and then the life on our planet will continue! Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Ivette T (12/21/2009 4:59:00 PM)

    Great poem! It helps remind us all on how important water is and should be to us.

    10/10 but if I could infinity/10
    -your forever friend-ivette (Report) Reply

  • Ivette T (12/21/2009 4:53:00 PM)

    Great poem! Helps remind us of how important water is to us and should be.

    10/10 if i could 100/10 (Report) Reply

  • Romeo Della Valle (12/20/2009 1:47:00 PM)

    Excellent, a masterpiece, reminding all of us that water is life and cannot be wasted...Like always, you make the different with your brilliant poems...You got my vote 10+++ you have become a source of inspiration for all of us, reason why I recommend to all new writers to check your page....Love and Peace... (Report) Reply

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