Poetry, Uncategorized

PRONUNCIATION

Does one say scone,

To rhyme with swan?

Or scone,

To rhyme with bone?

 

Eaten for breakfast with eggs and ham?

Or afternoon tea with butter and jam?

With bergamot-y Earl of Grey

Or milky Builders’ Tay?

 

Accentual tautology

Results in classist proclivity,

And on condimental predilection

Rests prejudiced preconception,

 

Pass judgement if you must:

Lower class or upper crust?

People are quick to opinionate

When it comes to the way we enunciate.

 

© Alex Barton 2012

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