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Poetry

tenchu

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Following on from my wildly successful 5-7-5 Haiku thread, here is my latest attempt to make you philistines a bit more high-brow!

:lol:

Who wants to post their favourite poetry? (Although I have a sneaking suspision that this has been tried before and I just couldn't find it.)

I'm sure Angelique will have a few things to say once she stumbles across this thread. :animwink:

Here's my favourite:

An Irish Airman Forsees His Death
- by W. B. Yeats

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan's Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.


:wave:

And no, i did hear it before I saw the film! :lol:
 

SirNim

Well-Known Member
Jabberwocky
- by Lewis Carroll

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
 

tenchu

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Never been a fan of Lewis Carrol. He must have taken too many drugs for my liking. :lol:

Jumbo Jet, by Spike Milligan.


I saw a little elephant standing in my garden,
I said 'You don't belong in here', he said 'I beg you pardon?',
I said 'This place is England, what are you doing here?',
He said 'Ah, then I must be lost' and then 'Oh dear, oh dear'.


'I should be back in Africa, on Saranghetti's Plain',
'Pray, where is the nearest station where I can catch a train?'.
He caught the bus to Finchley and then to Mincing lane,
And over the Embankment, where he got lost, again.


The police they put him in a cell, but it was far too small,
So they tied him to a lampost and he slept against the wall.
But as the policemen lay sleeping by the twinkling light of dawn,
The lampost and the wall were there, but the elephant was gone!


So if you see an elephant, in a Jumbo Jet,
You can be sure that Africa's the place he's trying to get!
 

tenchu

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
On The Ning Nang Nong
By Spike Milligan

On The Ning Nang Nong
On the Ning Nang Nong Where the cows go Bong!
And the monkeys all say Boo!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping
And the tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang!
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So it's Ning Nang Nong!
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning!
Trees go Ping!
Nong Ning Nang!
The mice go Clang!
What a noisy place to belong,
Is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!



Voted Britain's favourite (comic) poem in 1998.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/entertainment/190291.stm
 

tigsmom

Well-Known Member
Hold Fast To Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow

...Langston Hughs
 

tigsmom

Well-Known Member
THE GIVING TREE

Once there was a giving tree who loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come to play
Swinging from the branches, sleeping in the shade
Laughing all the summer’s hours away.
And so they love,
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon the boy grew older and one day he came and said,
"Can you give me some money, tree, to buy something I’ve found?"
"I have no money," said the tree, "Just apples, twigs and leaves."
"But you can take my apples, boy, and sell them in the town."
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon again the boy came back and he said to the tree,
"I’m now a man and I must have a house that’s all my home."
"I can’t give you a house" he said, "The forest is my house."
"But you may cut my branches off and build yourself a home"
And so he did.
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And time went by and the boy came back with sadness in his eyes.
"My life has turned so cold," he says, "and I need sunny days."
"I’ve nothing but my trunk," he says, "But you can cut it down
And build yourself a boat and sail away."
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And after years the boy came back, both of them were old.
"I really cannot help you if you ask for another gift."
"I’m nothing but an old stump now. I’m sorry but I’ve nothing more to give"
"I do not need very much now, just a quiet place to rest,"
The boy, he whispered, with a weary smile.
"Well", said the tree, "An old stump is still good for that."
"Come, boy", he said, "Sit down, sit down and rest a while."
And so he did and
Oh, the trees was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

Shel Silverstein
 

NashvilleMouse

New Member
"Here I sit all broken hearted, tried to".... oh wait... that is from the Porta-John outside. Crap! (no pun intended)

SirNim, where did you get the Jabber? If I am not mistaken I have heard this one before.
 

Lhriangel

New Member
Ohhh fun! Tenchu how did you know this was my favorite subject ;). Actually my favorite poem is "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost which I don't have a copy of at the moment or I would post.

Then again most of you know I also write poetry but I won't bore you with any of mine lol.
 

NashvilleMouse

New Member
Originally posted by Angelique
Ohhh fun! Tenchu how did you know this was my favorite subject ;). Actually my favorite poem is "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost which I don't have a copy of at the moment or I would post.

Then again most of you know I also write poetry but I won't bore you with any of mine lol.

Noo!!! Please share. If I had the slightest talent I would share. Please please please?!?!?! :(
 

Lhriangel

New Member
Originally posted by NashvilleMouse
Noo!!! Please share. If I had the slightest talent I would share. Please please please?!?!?! :(

I'll think about it. I did write a poem dedicated to 9/11 that is floating around the boards somewhere.
 

EmeraldDolphin

New Member
one of my favorite funny ones...

"Once there was an elephant,
who tried to use the telephant -
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone-
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)

Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee-
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
Laura E. Richards
 

EmeraldDolphin

New Member
then there's always....

"I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one."
Gelett Burgess
 

tenchu

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Theres a few good ones coming out here peeps. Anymore?

And angel, you know you want to post one of your 'comic' poems! :lol:

No, I'm sure we'd all like to hear some of your work.

:wave:
 

Lhriangel

New Member
Originally posted by tenchu
Theres a few good ones coming out here peeps. Anymore?

And angel, you know you want to post one of your 'comic' poems! :lol:

No, I'm sure we'd all like to hear some of your work.

:wave:

Someone has been reading my website... I'm sure no one wants to read my 'comic' poems.. trust me.. if you want to stay undepressed and not think me um... a little disturbed you don't want to read my poetry LOL.

Stop causing trouble!
 

JBSLJames

New Member
Here's one:

There once was a man from Nantucket . . .

Nah, not right for this audiance.

How about the poem that is a song, Baby I Love Your Way, by Peter Frampton?
 

NashvilleMouse

New Member
Originally posted by JBSLJames
Here's one:

There once was a man from Nantucket . . .

Nah, not right for this audiance.

How about the poem that is a song, Baby I Love Your Way, by Peter Frampton?

With the exception of '50cent', aren't most songs poems?
 

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