Poem for the day
Started by sphinx, 18th May 2018 02:35 in Poetry, Books & Writing

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    Luna
    Naughty, Chris, I believe that is called plagiarism !
    Not if you base it on a poem but don't copy it.

    For instance, the Ralph Hodgson poem that Sphinx quoted in the opening post could be rewritten far more eloquently as a 3x3 Triad of Wisdom like this:

    The birds:
    - Singing
    - Sweet
    - Tasty

    What I saw:
    - Shops
    - Food
    - Street

    What I saw after eating some mushrooms:
    - Worms
    - Wheat
    - Emptiness

    Which I'm sure you'll agree is a vast improvement.
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    Chris Mitchell
    Not if you base it on a poem but don't copy it.

    For instance, the Ralph Hodgson poem that Sphinx quoted in the opening post could be rewritten far more eloquently as a 3x3 Triad of Wisdom like this:

    The birds:
    - Singing
    - Sweet
    - Tasty

    What I saw:
    - Shops
    - Food
    - Street

    What I saw after eating some mushrooms:
    - Worms
    - Wheat
    - Emptiness

    Which I'm sure you'll agree is a vast improvement.


    It's very good.

    It'd be even better translated into Japanese.

    Never try to teach a pig to sing.
    It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

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    Ozymandias

    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)

    I met a traveller from an antique land

    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,

    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown

    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command

    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.

    And on the pedestal these words appear:

    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:

    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'

    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,

    The lone and level sands stretch far away”.
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    The Lamb
    By William Blake


    Little Lamb who made thee
    Dost thou know who made thee
    Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
    By the stream & o'er the mead;
    Gave thee clothing of delight,
    Softest clothing wooly bright;
    Gave thee such a tender voice,
    Making all the vales rejoice!
    Little Lamb who made thee
    Dost thou know who made thee

    Little Lamb I'll tell thee,
    Little Lamb I'll tell thee!
    He is called by thy name,
    For he calls himself a Lamb:
    He is meek & he is mild,
    He became a little child:
    I a child & thou a lamb,
    We are called by his name.
    Little Lamb God bless thee.
    Little Lamb God bless thee
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    As far as I'm concerned, poems should make you think - and that includes thinking about the poet.

    What thoughts must have flown through Robert Binyon's mind in 1939, and how did he cope with the way his words were ignored by those with evil intent?
    I'm a low educated, total guttersnipe, dim witted moron.

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    The More People I Have Known,
    The More I Loved My TwoWhiteSocks.
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    The Unknown Citizen

    W. H. Auden, 1907 - 1973


    (To JS/07 M 378
    This Marble Monument
    Is Erected by the State)

    He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
    One against whom there was no official complaint,
    And all the reports on his conduct agree
    That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a
    saint,
    For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
    Except for the War till the day he retired
    He worked in a factory and never got fired,
    But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
    Yet he wasn’t a scab or odd in his views,
    For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
    (Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
    And our Social Psychology workers found
    That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
    The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
    And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
    Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
    And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
    Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
    He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan
    And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
    A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
    Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
    That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
    When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.
    He was married and added five children to the population,
    Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his
    generation.
    And our teachers report that he never interfered with their
    education.
    Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
    Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

    The more laws, the less justice- Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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    Elegy XX: To His Mistress Going to Bed (John Donne)

    COME, madam, come, all rest my powers defy ;
    Until I labour, I in labour lie.
    The foe ofttimes, having the foe in sight,
    Is tired with standing, though he never fight.
    Off with that girdle, like heaven's zone glittering,
    But a far fairer world encompassing.
    Unpin that spangled breast-plate, which you wear,
    That th' eyes of busy fools may be stopp'd there.
    Unlace yourself, for that harmonious chime
    Tells me from you that now it is bed-time.
    Off with that happy busk, which I envy,
    That still can be, and still can stand so nigh.
    Your gown going off such beauteous state reveals,
    As when from flowery meads th' hill's shadow steals.
    Off with your wiry coronet, and show
    The hairy diadems which on you do grow.
    Off with your hose and shoes ; then softly tread
    In this love's hallow'd temple, this soft bed.
    In such white robes heaven's angels used to be
    Revealed to men ; thou, angel, bring'st with thee
    A heaven-like Mahomet's paradise ; and though
    Ill spirits walk in white, we easily know
    By this these angels from an evil sprite ;
    Those set our hairs, but these our flesh upright.
    Licence my roving hands, and let them go
    Before, behind, between, above, below.
    O, my America, my Newfoundland,
    My kingdom, safest when with one man mann'd,
    My mine of precious stones, my empery ;
    How am I blest in thus discovering thee !
    To enter in these bonds, is to be free ;
    Then, where my hand is set, my soul shall be.
    Full nakedness ! All joys are due to thee ;
    As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be
    To taste whole joys. Gems which you women use
    Are like Atlanta's ball cast in men's views ;
    That, when a fool's eye lighteth on a gem,
    His earthly soul might court that, not them.
    Like pictures, or like books' gay coverings made
    For laymen, are all women thus array'd.
    Themselves are only mystic books, which we
    Must see reveal'd. Then, since that I may know,
    As liberally as to thy midwife show
    Thyself ; cast all, yea, this white linen hence ;
    There is no penance due to innocence :
    To teach thee, I am naked first ; why then,
    What needst thou have more covering than a man?

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    Chris Mitchell
    Not if you base it on a poem but don't copy it.

    For instance, the Ralph Hodgson poem that Sphinx quoted in the opening post could be rewritten far more eloquently as a 3x3 Triad of Wisdom like this:

    The birds:
    - Singing
    - Sweet
    - Tasty

    What I saw:
    - Shops
    - Food
    - Street

    What I saw after eating some mushrooms:
    - Worms
    - Wheat
    - Emptiness

    Which I'm sure you'll agree is a vast improvement.
    Hmm, let's try:

    The rugtardss:
    - Thick
    - As
    - Pigshit

    What they post:
    - Complete
    - Fucking
    - Bollox

    What I know about them:
    - Scrotnig
    - Is
    - One
    Please note that any abuse in this post is both intentional and deserved.

    Anyone that feels the need to further point out that it contains abuse is clearly a total fucking moron who's also insulting YOUR intelligence by pointing out the bleeding obvious as if you were too fucking dumb to notice it.

    This has been a public service annoncement by Fork Me. Have a nice fucking day.

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    I like it. Thanks for Sharing sphinx. I missed you guys!
    Please visit my new site, Liberty Whip .
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