Parliament and Congress

Parliament and Congress

A Poem by Debbie Barry

This is a nursery rhyme about conditions in the late 18th Century. It would have been Philadelphia then, not Washington, but Washington fit better. I intend NO disrespect to modern governments!


Parliament and Congress

As I was going through London Town,

At a strange place did I call;         

There where white-wigg’d lords,                            

Wearing great, black gowns,                                   

But they did no work at all!         


As I was going through Washington,

There I found the place‘s twin;              

Fine lords of freedom                            

Gather’d there all day,                          

But they did no work therein!               

© 2018 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
Initial reactions and constructive criticism welcome, but please read the note: this is about the late 18th Century; I have great respect for Parliament. I know it was Philadelphia then, not Washington, but Washington fit better. This is meant to resemble the form and style of a nursery rhyme of the period.

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Added on February 18, 2018
Last Updated on February 18, 2018
Tags: poem, nursery rhyme, parliament, congress, london, washingto, philadelphia, inert government, ineffective government, political commentary, 18th century


Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..