by Jane Dards
When Stradivari made his Strad
he thought it would be awfully bad
if, after all his work, it had
so little time before it sad-
ly crumbled into dust. To add
a secret something just a tad
of borax, iron
might be mad:
the wood might warp, or end up clad
in grainy ridges. His jihad
against the boring blighters shad-
owed all his thoughts. He chose his pad,
and swabbed the salts on. Lo! Begad!
With gorgeous tones, his worm-free Strad
has made the music-lovers glad!
(It might be true. Or maybe Strad
just had more skill than others had.)
"The Stradivarius Secret" was first
published in The Oldie January 2010.
The competition was: Scientists have been seeking the
secret of the Stradivarius violin.
Write a poem in which all the lines rhyme with