Ribald Rights

Don't let petty squabbles suture your future
Don't choose to lose your way and cruise astray
Cos a black dress bludgeons her Cumberland culture
With a stratagem that claims to pray and spray a hope ray.

Don't dilute doubts with no clout that pout
Don't promote promiscuity despite its popularity
Cos a micro dress in distress chooses to shout
As an act of assumed seniority in a Spartan sorority.

Don't commend demented karaokes in your tragic town
Don't condemn pardons called into question by pests
Cos nudity and crudity caress a corny clown
To modify standards mooted and hooted in the midst of charming chests.

Don't stoop into loops of deviant dangers
Don't fight the plight of heights of delights
Cos a damsel in a tinsel headdress hobnobs with rude rangers
To embrace the stress on a ludicrous routine with ribald rights.

by John Sensele

Comments (5)

I want explaination.
Present simple tense of the last stanza of the poem owl
This poem is so touchy and inspiring. I love d language too.
One further point that illustrates both Thomas's sensitivity as a poet and his remarkable honesty.'Salted' is an apt choice of word, and Thomas is right to repeat it. While his sympathy for 'soldiers and poor' is genuine, 'rejoice' suggests his own sense of contentment which triggers feelings of guilt or bad conscience. 'Salted' thus suggests both pleasure and pain; salt as adding flavour and salt as harshness, as in rubbing salt into a wound. Quite brilliant.
I admire this poem as much as Adelstrop, which is saying a great deal. The construction with its flow and stress on key words (e.g. hungry, cold, tired) is simple yet effective. Synonyms for these words are picked up and matched in the second stanza, and a new element, the owl's cry, is introduced. In the third verse, Thomas's wide reading is evident as he differs from Shakespeare regarding the significance of the owl's cry. In the last stanza, Thomas tells of the sobering effect of this voice, and an awareness of those less fortunate than himself.