Today I’ve used Carolee’s prompt ‘three in a row’ at ReadWritePoem. My original idea was to write a ballad about someone who got married three times or maybe stopped at twice, deciding that it wouldn’t be third time lucky. Due to pressure of time, I’ve just written about the circumstances surrounding Jenny’s birth. I intend to write more as well as making it scan better.
The ballad of Jenny Jackson
I’ll sing you a song of Jenny Jackson
a girl who was born on the day war ended,
fathered by an airman shot down one night,
a flaxen haired youth by her ma befriended.
At last Jimmy Jackson came home from the war,
overjoyed from the fight to be free.
Stationed in France for a year and a day,
Jenny’s father no way could he be.
One look at Jenny, he packed his bags,
two looks, he’d made for the door,
three looks, Ma Jackson knew all was lost,
he wouldn’t be staying for more.
[to be continued]