An original dedication by Brenda Sharp
Tess of the D'Urbervilles should have stayed
Far from the Madding Crowd.
Jude the Obscure may then have made proud
The Return of the Native.
The Woodlanders and The Laodicean
Had they stayed Under the Greenwood Tree,
With The Dynasts of their own volition,
Could have made The Well-Beloved free.
Life's Little Ironies, day by day -
Brought A Group of Noble Dames
In sight of The Mayor of Casterbridge on his way
To A Pair of Blue Eyes' flames.
The Trumpet Major had by chance
Remembered Two on a Tower's dawn,
And from The Hand of Ethelberta,
Miscellaneous Verses were born.
Desperate Remedies were taken
After Satires of Circumstance made
The Life of Thomas Hardy awaken-
Then his poems Winter Words were laid.
Hardy's desire not to be Times Laughingstocks
Added The Queen of Cornwall to his name,
And made the Wessex Tales unlock
The door to his lasting fame.
© Brenda Sharp 2020