John Knight

(8 September 1933 / Liverpool - UK)


This poem is written in a classical form - OTTAVA RIMA. There are eight iambic lines. In this poem I have used iambic pentameter - ten syllables per line. There is a very strict rhyming pattern giving the poem vibrance and flow. a b a b a b c c then d e d e d e f f etc.

I see trees of green and red roses bloom
The air is so fresh and the sky is so blue
Somewhere a lady's alone in her room
Somewhere a child stands forlorn in a queue
The lady has no one - her room is a tomb
The child prays he'll get his bowl full of stew.
Life is unequal - the haves and have nots
Some have no money while others have pots.

A man is in prison - unloved alone
A star on the catwalk - envy of all
He dreams that he is a king on a throne
While her dreams come true - each day she walks tall.
My life is so blessed - nice car - mobile phone
In the third world - some have nothing at all,
They often ask - just what is my life worth?
Or is it just all the dice roll of birth?

For some life is laughter - for others frowns
Some live in hovels - some live in fine pads
Some dress in rags - but for others fine gowns
Many are Orphans - no Mums and no Dads
Do we take for granted our elegant towns
And all the pleasures and blessings we've had?
Wherever there's light you'll also find dark
Conditions serene - conditions quite stark.

God made the earth - He provided for all
Free water and air - free soil for the crops
Enough for the weak - the poor and the small
Heat and the light from the Sun never stops.
What causes the pain - and makes Nations fall?
It's man makes the bomb and man the bomb drops.
God made the air and the ocean so blue
God made all the trees and red roses too
What a Wonderful World - just for me and you.

(John Knight - Arctic Colchester - 12 February 2010)

Submitted: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Edited: Thursday, February 11, 2010

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  • Cat Tiger (3/13/2010 9:40:00 PM)

    The stringent structure of this poem helps to explain God's stringent conditions upon life. We all profit from the grace of our fathers, and suffer for their sins. It is the continuum of life. All is in all. And all, no matter how poor, may know God. This is enough to improve each condition. (Report) Reply

  • Merna Ibrahim (2/18/2010 8:40:00 AM)

    Perfect poem, I found through the verses a very mature and wise poet.
    And yes Mr. John, the life is full of contrasts, and every person is living in a total different world from the other.
    TEN (Report) Reply

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (2/17/2010 10:37:00 AM)

    A contemplative poem…fodder for psyche…masterly brewed…but 1 question? All whys are unanswerable …and indeed not required …only we need action…It’s the selfanswering…and that is the remedy pH 7 to oneself…
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK (Report) Reply

  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (2/17/2010 4:40:00 AM)

    that's life!

    life is difference in everything.......
    its colour is Black but sometimes is Pink.......
    someones cry and someones sing......
    some ships sail and other ones sink......

    ThanksForSharing WiseMan/ (Report) Reply

  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (2/15/2010 2:06:00 PM)

    Some of the inequalities of society expressed in rhymes and rhythm that make the failings and inequalites to not seem so bad in all its truth...yet the message is clear.A 10+++ thanks for inviting me to read this lovely poem with its class-you're great! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (2/15/2010 4:27:00 AM)

    John this has all the elelments of the song but with more because the verse outlines the conditions which all decent folk would want relieved. An outcry like this against wrongs needs to be read world-wide. Thank you for the reminders John. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (2/15/2010 4:11:00 AM)

    As John Kennedy once said, 'Life is unfair'.
    Many have no one to lift up a prayer
    for them. We should do so every day.
    Praise for your compassionate heart.
    This is a lovely write.10++

    Kind wishes,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Lady Grace (2/12/2010 1:43:00 AM)

    what a wonderful world....a beautiful piece of clouds of white...i love the lines...happy valentine.........smileeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (Report) Reply

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