>Weekly Geeks # 13. National Poetry Month

>This post is dedicated to Mike Burden & the Weekly Geeks. It is based on Ruth Rendell, Put on by Cunning (1981) and a former post on Reg Wexford (see ´No More Dying Then´).

An inspector called Mike Burden

Vexed by bosses, crooks and scoundrels

Toiled and laboured in Kingsmarkham

Saving damsels, felling villains

Never lured a drink or lark him

Though so upright, smug and moral

No one offered him a laurel.

Husband, father and breadwinner

Married once, but lost to cancer

Wife and bliss in one fell swoop

Lost his heart, the poor romancer

Parted from his sense of judgment

Gobsmacked, in St Lukeses summer

Until Jenny came, a godsend.

Married twice, this time with Jenny,

Wonder, wife and paragon

Who excels at cleaning, cooking,

Teaches Burden nightly booking

Even plays the violin deftly

But who plays the second fiddle?

Is the reader´s constant riddle.

Smartly dressed in sheepskin jacket

Modernized with new horizon

With his great deductive powers

Newfound literary skills

Burden, full of flame and fire

Waits for Wexford to retire

Ready for chief Griswold´s call

Just a sidekick ever after

Or will Rendell budge at all?

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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13 Responses to >Weekly Geeks # 13. National Poetry Month

  1. maxine says:

    >Great poem! I laughed and laughed with recognition. It reminds me a bit of Prince Charles (of the UK).

  2. >A enjoyable read!:DReview in Senryu

  3. pussreboots says:

    >Nice poem. Don’t get the context. My post is here.

  4. Gavin says:

    >Great poem, Dorte. I can not believe I’ve never read this Rendell series.

  5. Dorte H says:

    >Thank you, Maxine. This was not at all what I had planned for Saturday, but of course I couldn´t help trying out the weekly geek suggestion of writing a review in the form of a poem. Gautami, Pussreboots and Gavin: I will come and take a look at your posts later today. Thanks for visiting. And Gavin, if you like a nice British whodunnit once in a while, Ruth Rendell is a fine writer who is absolutely worth trying.

  6. Kerrie says:

    >Well done Dorte, but I don’t think it will win any poetry prizes 🙂

  7. Dorte H says:

    >Oh, I am really disappointed that you don´t see this poem as Nobel Prize material. Perhaps I should just write ordinary reviews in the future then?

  8. Dreamybee says:

    >I bet Ms. Rendell would be flattered that her characters have inspired poetry in her readers!

  9. Dorte H says:

    >Dreamybee, I truly hope she would see it as a complement – she has given me so many pleasant experiences over the years.

  10. >A take-off on Longfellow, or did you stick closer to home and take your inspiration from the Kalevala? In any case, an admirable effort. Msybe I’ll try something similar. or maybe I’ll write two lines then give up. ============== Detectives Beyond Borders”Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home” http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

  11. Dorte H says:

    >Peter: by comparing me to Longfellow you have really made my day :O I have read parts of Hiawatha, and though I admit that I didn´t think of any specific author when I came up with my review, it was certainly that kind of style I tried to achieve. So thank you for a great compliment.

  12. >You used the scansion that “Hiawatha” made famous, or infamous, some would say. And Finnish epic poetry used the same rhythm, I have read.============== Detectives Beyond Borders”Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home” http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

  13. Dorte H says:

    >Peter, I like the rhythm of Hiawatha & don´t bother too much about what other people think 🙂 With regard to Finnish poetry I wouldn´t know. I sometimes notice Finnish words on my shampoo bottles and they are not exactly Greek to me (as I do understand a few Greek words). So the language is certainly one reason why Finland feels more remote to me than Pennsylvania.

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