The Lady in Pink
Remembering Barbara Cartland.
The lady wore pink and wrote of romance
that mesmerised maidens voraciously read;
sweet thoughts of love left them in a trance
with fancy notions that entered their head.
That by kissing a frog one might find a prince
it’s a pipe-dream with starry-eyed bookworms;
but the author’s skill is enough to convince
as any word-pundit can quite easily confirm.
She magicked fine tales with her lexical-wand
and although formulaic – as in boy meets girl –
with all her loyal readers she created a bond
who treated each sentence as a perfect pearl.
She was known by the press as a talking head
as well as a popular and prolific novelist;
her books sold by the million and widely read
and were often top of the bookseller list.
© Luigi Pagano 2016
As if we’d ever forget The Lady in Pink. I really enjoyed this, Luigi. It coaxed a smile and maybe some introspection….
Such a colourful character, Jim, hardly likely to be forgotten, by the older generation in particular.
It seems you can charm us on an endless supply of subjects, never read a book by this lady, but as you say millions have.
I must confess that I never read her books either, Mike, but she had a reputation for being a prolific writer of romantic novels.
She was indirectly related to the Royal Family as Princess Diana was her step-granddaughter.
I enjoyed reading this, seems such a long time ago now that she was everywhere, the back of her books, in magazines and on TV, she was much too pink for me. I have never read her books, not my taste but it seemed every other female did. 🙂 Sue.
I never read her books either, Sue, but they were very popular among a particular readership as were the Mills & Boons ones.
Luigi, I enjoyed this for your consummate skill at knocking out a rhyming poem without necessarily being enthused by the subject – I’m assuming you were not one of her fans – but I was hoping for a more incisive ending.
Gerald, I don’t have to be in thrall to the subject to write about it; I try to diversify my input and inject a humorous perspective to counteract the angst that seems to be favourite by certain authors. I am quite comfortable with knocking out a poem in rhyme and make no apology to the purists who decry that style. Not having read any of her books I cannot judge their merit but the general consensus was that they were anodyne romantic novels which would not have been my ‘cup of tea’. That being so, it was quite difficult for… Read more »
I wasn’t being critical of the fact that you don’t hhave to be ‘in thrall to the subject’, Luigi, I was bekng envious as I can only write about something that has had some personal connection, which can take a frustratingly long time to happen.
I do understand Gerald and the expression I used perhaps gave the impression that I had taken umbrage at your comment. Far from it; it was just a way of not repeating ‘being enthused’. It is always nice hearing from you.
In writing impersonal pieces I take advantage of topics that I have read about or heard or random thoughts.
Haha, Trevor, have I found a secret reader? Only joking my friend, It’s easy to guess what the plots would be like. Happy endings and all that. I don’t think we have missed much.