Poetry Friday: Monarchy memorization, as Throwback Summer stumbles along

As I scan through the pages of my final senior English class journal, I am met with all sorts of strange writings: word puzzles, short essays on why I was so different from everyone (ya think?), and even long treatises on how bored I was about having to write in a journal.

(The treasure trove of history and nostalgia that I came across at my parents’ house earlier this summer has been eye-opening, to say the least; you can read more about what I discovered and why I’m featuring my high school writings HERE.)

Today it’s a little rhyming (more or less) history lesson. In my journal, I admit the poem is crude – but even now, I have to give myself credit for even thinking this thing up. If you’ve ever wanted to memorize the kings and queens of England, look no further…


1660, the Stuarts came;
2nd Charles and 2nd James,
Billy 3rd and Mary 2,
finally Anne was the last of the Stu’s.

Then the house of Hanover:
1st four Georges did come over.
William 4 was next in line,
Vicky lasted for some time.

Just two kings for Saxon-Coburg:
Ed the 7th and 5th of George.

Then the House of Windsor came.
George the 5th (same man, new name),
Ed the 8th one year was in,
then George the 6th, and Beth’s still in.

– Matt Forrest Esenwine, 5-1-85

Just over a month away from graduating high school, and while all the girls were writing poems about love, lovers, love lost, love regained, love unrequited, love, love,  love, blabbedy-love…here I was with my English monarch ditty. If you wonder how popular I was in school, this should leave no doubt.

For more poetry (and much better poetry, I might add), I encourage you to visit Margaret Simon’s home on the web, Reflections on the Teche, for today’s Poetry Friday roundup!


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21 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Monarchy memorization, as Throwback Summer stumbles along

  1. It is funny, and you can memorize the line quite easily from your poem, Matt. I think it would be a wonderful mentor text for a history teacher to encourage students to write a poem “of” history. I’m older, as you know, and I remember one poem from high school that touched deeply on being obliterated by the atom bomb, a scary time during the cold war. And-I did write about love, too! I like that you’re sharing these early moments of your life.


  2. Matt, I was one of those girls in high school who wrote about love. I do agree with Linda that your poem would make a great example of integrating history with poetry. Kids could research, then write. Thanks for sharing a throwback poem. Maybe, I should try to find my own ones.


  3. I have just been playing catch-up on some of your earlier posts also, and they are great for a giggle. You should be very proud of them – in a sheepish kind of way. 🙂 Great stuff!


  4. margaretsmn

    I coordinate a state writing contest, and the poems about teen angst and love, love, love begin about 9th grade. I think this poem would have been a winner. I don’t think I’d put anything I wrote in those days out in public. This is not only brave, but well done. A+ my nerdy friend.


    1. Ha, thanks, Margaret.I just feel like there are so many people out there who would like to write, but are embarrassed that they’re not good enough…they need to realize that everyone has to start somewhere! Just WRITING will get them moving in the right direction, and they’ll get better the more they practice and learn. That’s why I occasionally use the hashtag #WriteLikeNoOneIsReading – to encourage writing, no matter how good or bad you might think it is!

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