Downton Abbey Haiku

WGTE viewers used their imagination and literary skills to write haiku poems (17 syllables in three lines, following a 5, 7, 5 pattern) about Downton Abbey.  Downton Abbey fans created  fun, serious, silly and romantic poems to celebrate the series. 

One Grand Prize winner was selected to receive the book, "The World of Downton Abbey" by Jessica Fellowes.  And many of the most creative and interesting poems will be included in the Downton Abbey Weekend Marathon on May 19 and 20.   Watch the entire first two seasons starting Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and continuing Sunday, May 20 starting at 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Here are many of the entries, starting with our winner.

 

Sisters see husbands.

Family requires son.

War transforms England.

-Carol Yeager

 

Waistcoats abundant.

Anglophiles surrender to

High class pop culture.

-Dennis Blubaugh

 

La Belle Epoch gone.

Beautiful people displaced.

Who will serve tea?

-C.G. Stewart

 

Pretty maids in rows

Waiting upon their master.

What will he want now?

-Unknown

 

Lord Grantham owns all.

He believes he has control.

Cora controls all.

-Unknown

 

It is my pleasure

to accept your fine invite.

Haiku judging rules!

-Brad Cresswell

 

The Dowager sneers.

Does she deserve the prize?

Mister Moseley beams.

-Kathy Smith

 

Granny meet Granny

Cora and girls elated

Pity Lord Grantham

-Bev. St. Clair

 

I've seen you before

As totleigh, then misselthwait,

but really Highclear

-Mary J. Thomas

 

Small hat, higher skirts

What a shame but fashions change

Who will bob their hair?

-Barbara Zagrodnik

 

Mary and Matthew

All season star-crossed and cursed

Together at last.

-Colleen Lehmann

 

Mary loves Matthew

Miss Swire and Matt to wed

Happy end - Miss dead

-Colleen Lehmann

 

Cool Mary composed

Has embarrasing secret

Pamook decomposed

-Colleen Lehmann

 

O'Brien feels shame

Soap made a slippery floor

"It's not who you are"

-Colleen Lehmann

 

Who killed Mrs. Bates

Who could blame her sweet husband

Was it suicide

-Colleen Lehmann

 

 

Suffragist Sybil

Married the Irish chauffer

Not home for Christmas

-Colleen Lehmann

 

All through season one

Edity was ugly and mean

War made her kinder

-Colleen Lehmann

 

Matthew and Mary

Will they ever get married?

must watch season three

-Bev. St. Clair

 

April doth pillaged you're wealth

Last "Will"  join me Daisy, my love

kneel! commands the "virgin" Mary

-Brooke Lynn Dell

 

 Mysteries abound;

Answers to the future blow

In on winds of war.

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

 

Love is elusive,

Hidden in the twisted maze

Born of convention.

-Lucia K. Leggette

 

One dance, one embrace

Fleetingly let the guard down

Opening flood gates

-Lucia K. Leggette

 

Footsteps in the night

Dragging scandal down the hall

Won't put it to rest

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

Irish politics

Illicit love with chauffeur

Recipe for doom?

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

Servants' quarters too

Housing all the elements

Of lust and intrigue

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

 

Canine is victim

Of a footman's heinous scheme

To win the master

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

Blackmailing one's bride

Scheming to gain entree to

Aristocracy

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

One star crossed valet

Loved by maid, hostage to wife

Prisoner of fate

-Lucia K. Leggette 

 

Second sister proud!

Learned to drive cars, farm machines;

Men are driving her

-Lucia K. Leggette

 

To the manor born--

Could the lady inherit?

What would that entail?

-Lucia K. Leggette

 

 

Fighting war from home

Wounded soldiers convalesce

On the earl's estate

-Lucia K. Leggette

 

How did this happen?

Poetry about TV?

Downton-mania.

-Steve Nowak

 

Who keeps Cora’s cash?

That is how it all started.

We can’t get enough.

-Steve Nowak

 

Oh Downton Abbey
Is Matthew your savior?
Something may go wrong.

-Steve Nowak

 

Quickly changing world.

What does it take to survive?

The Dowager knows.

-Steve Nowak

 

 

 

 

Edith, who are you?

Not the spoiled girl we thought.

Season three will tell.

-Steve Nowak

 

Grantham mourns the past.

But the women come on strong.

Is the future theirs?

-Steve Nowak

 

Progressive? Shocking?

Sibyl marries the chauffeur.

Will it really work?

-Steve Nowak

 

Servants work downstairs,

Aristocracy above.

Not much difference.

-Steve Nowak

 

Downton has us hooked.

More real than reality.

Good TV’s not dead.

-Steve Nowak

 

 Oh how long a year

When Downton we await.

Come soon season three.

-Steve Nowak