Just a bit of fun today – I thought I would follow yesterday’s NaPoWriMo prompt, and write a fourteener. Here is the prompt in full:
‘Today I challenge you to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. Traditionally, each line consisted of seven iambic feet (i.e., an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, times seven), but non-iambic fourteeners also exist. The fourteener was popular in 16th and 17th century England, where it was particular common in ballads, but it also is the form in which “Casey at the Bat” is written. The form is versatile enough to encompass any subject matter, but as the example of “Casey at the Bat” shows us, it is particularly useful in narrative poetry, due to the long line and the step-like sense of progression created by the iambs.’
I’ve been watching 24: Live Another Day this week, so that is the subject of my fourteener. I thought I needed to lighten the mood a bit after three days of being somewhat sombre and serious – so here it is – enjoy!
I’m watching as Jack Bauer kicks down a door dressed all in black
(I’m fantasising that he’s on his way to get me back).
I know that Audrey Boudreau (who was Raines) is on his mind;
he loves her and by leaving he was only being kind.
Of course we know that everyone Jack loves is bound to die
(at some point) and it’s why today he’s such a troubled guy.
His grim-faced lack of charm is why he always comes to grief
(but can’t explain why girls are always falling at his feet!)
First Teri, Nina, Kate, then Audrey, briefly then Diane,
then Audrey once again, because she really loved the man.
And what about poor Marilyn, who was Jack’s brother’s wife?
Between them, you could cut the sexual tension with a knife!
And finally of course, there was Renee by season eight
But she would not have long to live once Jack became her mate.
Shot, because of what she knew, while Jack was getting drinks;
of course her death would send him on a frenzied killing jink!
And now he is a terrorist, still trying to save the world.
Specifically the president (and father of his girl);
that’s Audrey there I mean of course – she’s back, with those big eyes
but now with husband Mark in tow – ‘Not Bauer again!’ he cries
‘that man – he does more damage than a demolition gang!
He left you in a catatonic state, last time he rang!’
So Mark will do just anything to keep Jack Bauer away
(which is going to somewhat hamper Jack’s attempt to save the day).
But luckily, O’Brien’s on board (the magic IT whizz),
though she’s had troubles of her own and rather lost her fizz.
She’s gone a little emo, all black eyeliner and scowls,
yet still she’ll always back up Jack when he is on the prowl.
There’s also Kate, disgraced (and fired), but trained by CIA;
she’s bright, she’s sharp, she breaks the rules and now she’s MIA!
It looks as though in spite of all, she has Jack’s back as well.
The new love interest? Possibly, but only time will tell!
And now I have to go because it’s only 4pm:
there’s lots of time for Jack to go and save the world again
and British PM Stephen Fry’s about to lose his cool,
so poetry will have to wait – I’m watching Jack Bauer rule!