A Cautionary Tale

Surprise! I wrote another poem after all. I told you yesterday that this is National Poetry Month, so I thought I could at least make an attempt to write more than one poem. My poem today is titled “A Cautionary Tale,” and it’s loosely based on someone I know.

Wikipedia describes a cautionary tale as follows:

“A cautionary tale is a tale told in folklore, to warn its hearer of a danger. There are three essential parts to a cautionary tale, though they can be introduced in a large variety of ways. First, a taboo or prohibition is stated: some act, location, or thing is said to be dangerous. Then, the narrative itself is told: someone disregarded the warning and performed the forbidden act. Finally, the violator comes to an unpleasant fate, which is frequently related in expansive and grisly detail.”

So without further ado, submitted for your approval is my poem du jour:

A Cautionary Tale
By: Rachel Carrera

A tumultuous start
That was destined to fail,
What seemed like true love
Was a cautionary tale.

She came from a family
Who had riches and wealth;
But she fell for the bad boy
In spite of herself.

He was daring and cunning,
Though not very smart.
But the girl, she was blinded;
She gave him her heart.

Cold and merciless,
The boy took advantage
Of her sensitive nature
That he wanted to manage.

A cautionary tale
That ended up wrong;
He took her to places
She didn’t belong.

Excited by him,
It was him she adored;
But looking at her,
He was always bored.

He was from the wrong side
Of life and the tracks.
So why do they always say
Opposites attract?

The boy, he was broken
Far beyond repair;
Looking back, she should have known
They would end up there.

He taught her to do things
She would never have done
If she wasn’t in love
With the boy with the gun.

He refused to work,
Though he hated being poor;
So he talked the girl into
Robbing a store.

But when she got caught,
He was nowhere around;
He was finding another
Innocent girl across town.

And now the girl looks
Out the window from jail;
I told you their love was
A cautionary tale.

jail indoor

40 thoughts on “A Cautionary Tale

  1. Rachel,
    Lovely! I must admit that I did chuckle, young girls and bad boys, ah youth. Well, you are two for two, both poems wonderful. I’m looking forward to see what you will grace us with tomorrow.

    • 😦 I’m sorry… It’s very hard watching a train wreck in slow motion, knowing what’s coming and not being able to do anything to stop it. Good luck to you and your friend! 😀

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