she learned her lessons the hard way
that’s what young missy says
the world does not acts in bookish ways
you better watch out the way it plays!
if you annoy wicked and vile
don’t even dream that you will win
unless you know to kill the snake
it will fill its poison in your vein.
for snakes have a huge peer group
one snake gives birth to a dozen or more
and if you make mama snake angry
all the baby snakes may get sore!
so before hollering at the top of your lungs
what is wrong and what is right
who is bad and who is upright
you better test your own might!
Rules of Ballad: I will request you to explore the rules of ballad yourself. I read quite a handful of them and thought that it’s quite a liberal style of poem with varying size of stanzas and other things. Go ahead and explore them. I have zeroed on two things- telling a story, using four line stanzas with rhyming 2nd+4th line.