‘Monstrous’ is the first poem of the new year from May The Verse Be With You. It’s hard to believe, but it’s over twenty years ago since Shrek (2001) hit cinemas. It was a huge box-office smash, and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The themes of the story were steeped in traditional fairytale. However, the writers created a sort of anti-hero, and also a whole host of other characters too . . .
He’s very big and very green,
but really he’s not very mean . . .
Bad attitudes, that really sucked
meant Shrek was judged on how he looked
Inside his ogre’s heart was broke —
though of the pain he never spoke
Then came along a four-hooved friend
and soon Shrek’s heart would start to mend . . .
Though donkey was a lot to take,
he was so loyal, never fake
The villagers wanted them gone:
society — the monstrous one!
The two became the best of friends,
their bond as firm as two book ends!
All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy
Illustration by L. A. Cassidy
Whilst the Shrek movies aren’t Christmas movies, a lot of people will still have watched them over the recent holiday period. However, none of the films featured in Our All Time Favourite Christmas Movies. As well as Mike Myers as Shrek, many people also loved Eddie Murphy as Shrek’s sidekick, Donkey. We can all learn lessons of kindness from the films! We’ll see you all next week dear readers