The Midnight Ride of Palin’s Revere
(an homage to Henry Wadsworth Longellow's poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere")
Copyright, Mark Tyne, 2011 www.marktyne.com
Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Palin’s Revere
On the second of June, in two ought one one,
Not a school child stopped giggling at Palin’s conundrum.
In a fit patriotic showing colors don’t bleed
Sara spoke of the ride of Paul’s lightning fast steed,
Said Revere warned the British by ringing those bells
And while riding his horse, through the hamlets and dells
Fired off warning shots (and bells), to make sure we’re all free
So we all can be armed as the bells ring tra-lee!
And the school kids fell silent, at this badly told tale,
Every one of them knew, Palin should be in jail
For forgetting the simplest of tales known by all
Of how Paul Revere rode to stop Concord’s great fall.
For the Brits were invading, but by land or by sea?
If the colonists knew, they could ambush them see?
No church bell was rung from the tower for a warning
It was one or two lamps in the bell tower’s adorning
‘Member “One if by land and two if by sea”?
Perhaps Sarah should have studied more diligently.
Sarah’s liberty bell trip might have caused her confusion
But her Paul Revere story was mostly illusion.
For the war was not fought for the right to bear arms.
But to free up the colonies from Britain’s great harm.
‘Twas for national independence, revolution was struck
Not for bells ever tolling, and the right to bear glocks.
The colonists were warned, not the British, by Paul.
Revolutionary colonists, don’t like England at all.
Brits invaded by sea, with a mighty dark ship
Two lights in the bell tower, set Revere on his trip.
Paul rode through the night, to warn coming invasion
And in his swift ride, held the fate of the nation
By midnight he warned colonists, in the small town of Medford
By one warned in Lexington, by two had warned Concord
And the Lexington colonists gathered with arms
And drove back the British with shots from their guns.
Revolution was on! The first battle a win!
Thanks to Paul Revere’s ride, on that midnight quite dim.
And speaking of dim, back to Palin we go.
Where the children are mocking her confused tale of woe
For every child knows Paul Revere’s famous ride
Palin’s run Presidential should now be denied.