Blank Verse

To write in blank verse isn’t very hard —
in fact it’s quite the opposite, a trip
through five iambs without the need to rhyme,
a natural progression of the beat.

The easiest of meters in the tongue
of Milton, Pope and Shakespeare – just a few
who didn’t think it tricky to contrive
da dum times five in ev’ry single line.

No need to overcomplicate this scheme,
it’s not the cryptic crossword in The Times,
just pentametric plainness, row on row —
remember though, there can’t be any rhymes.

oh bugger