At the Fair

Frost Fair on the Thames, Anonymous, c.1685

He bought ribbons for my hair,
then kissed me sweet
warm lips on mine in frosted air–

impossible the tasks he set,
so, fare-thee-well to he
Iโ€™ll find another yet

next market-day,
ribbon-adorned my hair,
for desires such weighed
in love, all is fair.

A quadrille for dVerse. The prompt word is fair, and I went to ballads and history: the London frost fairs and Scarborough Fair.

66 thoughts on “At the Fair

  1. Really captures a classical rhythm, and bangs on “fair” several times. It comes off as light-hearted on the first read, but the second read reveals sadness between the lines.

  2. This is an enchanting quadrille Merril! One of my favourite Stevie Wonder songs is โ€˜All in love is fairโ€™ and you made me think of that ๐Ÿ˜Š Also, who can imagine the Thames being frosted over now?

    • Thank you so much, Ingrid. I remember seeing an animated short many years ago about when the Thames was frozen over and people were skating on it. It’s sort of stayed with me.
      And I LOVE that Stevie Wonder song. One of my favorite’s too–so achingly beautiful. It played at the end of an episode of the show Scandal and it was in my mind for weeks after that! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I particularly like the frosted air and the circularity of the ribbons. Maybe it’s unfamiliarity with the form but the line lengths seem slightly wrong in the second verse… should they be the same as in the first?

    • Thank you. The quadrille is a form for dVerse that is a 44-word poem in any style. So, the challenge was to get what I wanted to say using the word fair into 44 words.
      Feel free to join us at dVerse!

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