The Ballad of Julia Gillard

An attempt at writing in Ballad Form-alternating Iambic Tetrameter and Iambic Trimeter; with weak endings here and there. The story of the Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, In verse.


1. Prologue


“After that folks we’ve gotta zip!” ,

and Kevin was away,

a knife protruding from his back,

the red behind him told

of killing, treach’ry,  - ruthlessness.

The dispatch box was bloody,

She sat, the killer, red hair glowing,

And screamed hero she did.

From backbenches where he watched,

And plotted revenge, waiting for

The time to make his move and

The knife to fall into his hands,

And lead the pack to swoop,

Returning him as Leader- but

She for now was the victor,

The parliament chamber now was hers

Grinning Smugly, the new

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,

Wielder of the Bloody Knife.

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