Ballads are poems that tell a story, originating in Europe. They often have to do with adventure, tragedy, or romance. Ballads are also very songlike and are structured like songs; they have verses and repeated refrains that that help convey the main message of the poem.

Monster Named Me

By Palious Thatcher

I yearn to be free,
But there is something inside,
Something dreadful is holding me,
The beast and monster to me has cried,
Cried through all the day long,
Bitter is its nagging song,
Ballad after ballad, death and pain,
I fear hope willn't return again,
Oppressed and abused all hopes lost,
My heart is the one that pays the cost,
The sorrow and pain they beat in my chest,
Like a thousand drums, oh, when shall they rest?