Poetry competition winning entries - 2nd place

Posted by Philippa Morgan on 3 February 2019

The Modern Day Ballad of Ruth Pierce


It was a fine summer's morning

And a group of four young friends

Never saw the warning

That would mean their happiness would come to ends.


It was a practical joke

That three of them jumped out as one

Meaning she dropped her phone and it broke

Which wasn't much fun.


They all pitched in to offer their money

To afford for a repair

But young Ruth Pierce was acting a little funny

She had no desire or will to share.


So when they went to the shop

And counted the amount

There was not enough money so they had to stop

And were forced to walk on out.


'Ruth you didn't pay!'

She lied of course, being a stubborn kid

And she just had to say

'I swear on my Instagram followers, I did!'


Ruth's own phone beeped

And to her almighty horror

Karma had leaped

And the teen had left no single follower.


Out of sheer humiliation

Ruth gave up her change

And there was never an explanation

For the Instagram mystery – how strange.

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