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