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    Purpose of thread: Post any poetry you like, have written, or wish to find.

    For my part, I'd like to know if anyone knows the author and title of a poem that contains the line: 'Do you remember an inn, Miranda?'
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    you mean this poem?

    Tarantela, by Hilaire Belloc

    Do you remember an Inn, Miranda?
    Do you remember an Inn?
    And the tedding and the shredding
    Of the straw for a bedding,
    And the fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees,
    And the wine that tasted of tar?
    And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
    (Under the vine of the dark veranda)?
    Do you remember an Inn, Miranda,
    Do you remember an Inn?
    And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
    Who hadn't got a penny,
    And who weren't paying any,
    And the hammer at the doors and the din?
    And the hip! hop! hap!
    Of the clap
    Of the hands to the swirl and the twirl
    Of the girl gone chancing,
    Glancing,
    Dancing,
    Backing and advancing,
    Snapping of the clapper to the spin
    Out and in-
    And the ting, tong, tang of the guitar!
    Do you remember an Inn,
    Miranda?
    Do you remember an Inn?

    Never more;
    Miranda,
    Never more.
    Only the high peaks hoar;
    And Aragon a torrent at the door.
    No sound
    in the walls of the halls where falls
    The tread
    Of the feet of the dead to the ground,
    No sound:
    But the boom
    Of the far waterfall like doom.

    Google is my friend ;D

    One of My favorites
    Song of Myself #52 - Walt Whitman
    The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains
    of my gab and my loitering.

    I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
    I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

    The last scud of day holds back for me,
    It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the
    shadow'd wilds,
    It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

    I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
    I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

    I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
    If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

    Don't make me post the entire poem ::)

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    One of my all time favorites.

    PUEDO ESCRIBIR LOS VERSOS MÁS TRISTES ESTA NOCHE

    Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.

    Escribir, por ejemplo: "La noche está estrellada,
    y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos."

    El viento de la noche gira en el cielo y canta.

    Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.
    Yo la quise, y a veces ella también me quiso.

    En las noches como esta la tuve entre mis brazos.
    La besé tantas veces bajo el cielo infinito.

    Ella me quiso, a veces yo también la quería.
    Cómo no haber amado sus grandes ojos fijos.

    Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.
    Pensar que no la tengo. Sentir que la he perdido.

    Oir la noche inmensa, más inmensa sin ella.
    Y el verso cae al alma como al pasto el rocío.

    Qué importa que mi amor no pudiera guardarla.
    La noche esta estrellada y ella no está conmigo.

    Eso es todo. A lo lejos alguien canta. A lo lejos.
    Mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido.

    Como para acercarla mi mirada la busca.
    Mi corazón la busca, y ella no está conmigo.

    La misma noche que hace blanquear los mismos árboles.
    Nosotros, los de entonces, ya no somos los mismos.

    Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero cuánto la quise.
    Mi voz buscaba el viento para tocar su oído.

    De otro. Será de otro. Como antes de mis besos.
    Su voz, su cuerpo claro. Sus ojos infinitos.

    Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero tal vez la quiero.
    Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido.

    Porque en noches como esta la tuve entre mis brazos,
    mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido.

    Aunque este sea el ultimo dolor que ella me causa,
    y estos sean los ultimos versos que yo le escribo.


    I suppose I'll post some of my own later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksquat3
    One of My favorites
    Song of Myself #52 - Walt Whitman
    The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains
    * * * * of my gab and my loitering.

    I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
    I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

    The last scud of day holds back for me,
    It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the
    * * * * shadow'd wilds,
    It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

    I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
    I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

    I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
    If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

    Don't make me post the entire poem ::)

    Walt Whitman? Eww...literally gay poety...
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    I was about to respond with O Captain, My Captain, but I remembered that was Whitman too.
    here's another one I like, by Poe
    TO HELEN.

    ————

    Helen, thy beauty is to me
    Like those Nicean barks of yore,
    That gently, o'er a perfum'd sea,
    The weary way-worn wanderer bore
    To his own native shore.
    On desperate seas long wont to roam,
    Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
    Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
    To the beauty of fair Greece,
    And the grandeur of old Rome.

    Lo ! in that little window-niche
    How statue-like I see thee stand!
    The folded scroll within thy hand —
    A Psyche from the regions which
    Are Holy land !
    If no one's guessed, I find transindentalistic poetry among the most interesting, and as such am a big fan of The Dead Poet's Society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amotis
    One of my all time favorites.
    *gasp!* I actually understood some of that! ^_^
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    One of mine, Dark Stallion might compose and sing to this one.

    Untitled

    sirens of the auburn sea,
    starry waves parting at their feet.
    astral strings calling to me,
    softly plucking heartstrings,
    the lyres of twisted wings,
    from torn seams of broken beings.
    ethereal rhythm; anvil of the sea,
    carving this echoing key,
    foaming door of the sea,
    wide open at their feet.
    twist and pull,
    open yourself like a fool.

    the fanfare of flight,
    to which we drown.
    no breath in sight,
    no reason to frown.
    salvation in the azure angels,
    floating to their heavenly above,
    the passing sighs of beryl jewels,
    the drowning hope of beloved fools,
    watch them fly from your grasping gloves.
    halos playing to the sea light,
    saviors dimming from your sight,
    like luna’s diamonds,
    fading to unseen islands.

    succumb all.
    succumb to the great sea.
    bring out your downfall.
    just twist that key


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    Wow, thanks jacksquat! ;D My mother's been looking for that for years!
    Google is not my friend, apparently.

    Here's on I found in someone's sig on the Wizards boards. Can anyone tell me who the author is?

    A Mercenary's Love Song

    My Lady sings with a sultry voice, of promises to be,
    Of when she'll take me inher arms and set my spirit free.

    My Lady's touch is ever near, and yet so far away.
    I've sought so long her sweet caress, it will be mine someday.

    My Lady's eyes are watching me as I prepare for war.
    She stands upon the battlefield, like so many times before.

    The battle cries, a comrade dies, and falls to her embrace.
    And in her arms she takes him now, unto his resting place.

    Another time she'll come for me, as I breathe my final breath,
    And hold me for a little while, my mistress, Lady Death.
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    It's Rick Smith from what I found.

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    Thanks.
    Thanks to Veera for the avatar.

    I keep my stories in a blog. You should read them.

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    two of my favorites - one's actually lyrics to a song

    Success
    by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    To laugh often and much
    to win the respect of intelligent people
    and affection of children; to earn the
    appreciation of honest critics and
    endure the betrayal of false friends;
    to appreciate beauty, to find the best
    in others; to leave the world a bit
    better, whether by a healthy child
    a garden patch or redeemed
    social condition; to know even
    one life has breathed easier because
    you have lived. This is to have
    succeeded.



    Shed a Little Light
    by James Taylor

    Let us turn our thoughts today
    To Martin Luther King
    And recognize that there are ties between us
    All men and women
    Living on the earth
    Ties of hope and love
    Sister and brotherhood
    That we are bound together
    In our desire to see the world become
    A place in which our children
    Can grow free and strong
    We are bound together
    By the task that stands before us
    And the road that lies ahead
    We are bound and we are bound
    "Well, late at night, when the people were gone, he used to pick up my guitar
    And sing a song in a shaky voice that was real as the day was long."
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    The Adept - C. Vincent Metzen

    I have walked the paths, the shadowed roads, the lead to Terror's breast.
    I have plumbed the depths of Hatred's womb, and scaled Destruction's crest.

    For every secret left unveiled, for every power learned,
    I'd sell the remnants of my soul, regardless how it burned.
    And still I sought a higher wisdom few could have attained,
    Though I found it, it would leave me - broken, damned and drained.

    For now I find this power learned is more unto a curse.
    My spirit burns with every spell and each irreverant verse.
    Despite this strength and knowledge earned, I have paid a heavy toll.
    Never should've traded power for my own immortal soul.
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    Robert Frost
    "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound's the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.


    This is one of the few poems I have commited to memory. This is mostly because while I was in my High School Choir, we sang this as a song, and it is by far one of my favorite songs we ever did. It sounds really cool and kinda creepy, and I can't read this poem without singing it in my head or even aloud.
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    The American Rebellion
    by Rudyard Kipling

    Note: read *both* parts before you get hot under the collar.

    Before
    * * * * *T'was not while England's sword unsheathed
    * * * * *Put half a world to flight,
    * * * Nor while their new-built cities breathed
    * * * * *Secure behind her might;
    * * * Not while she poured from Pole to Line
    * * * * *Treasure and ships and men--
    * * * These worshippers at Freedoms shrine
    * * * * *They did not quit her then!

    * * * Not till their foes were driven forth
    * * * * *By England o'er the main--
    * * * Not till the Frenchman from the North
    * * * * Had gone with shattered Spain;
    * * * Not till the clean-swept oceans showed
    * * * * *No hostile flag unrolled,
    * * * Did they remember that they owed
    * * * * *To Freedom--and were bold!

    After

    The *snow lies thick on Valley Forge,
    *The ice on the Delaware, *
    But the poor dead soldiers of King George
    *They neither know nor care.

    Not though the earliest primrose break
    *On the sunny side of the lane,
    And scuffling rookeries awake
    *Their England' s spring again.

    They will not stir when the drifts are gone,
    *Or the ice melts out of the bay:
    And the men that served with Washington
    *Lie all as still as they.

    They will not stir though the mayflower blows
    *In the moist dark woods of pine,
    And every rock-strewn pasture shows
    *Mullein and columbine.

    Each for his land, in a fair fight,
    *Encountered strove, and died,
    And the kindly earth that knows no spite
    *Covers them side by side.

    She is too busy to think of war;
    *She has all the world to make gay;
    And, behold, the yearly flowers are
    *Where they were in our fathers' day!

    Golden-rod by the pasture-wall
    *When the columbine is dead,
    And sumach leaves that turn, in fall,
    *Bright as the blood they shed.


    As valid in 2006 as it was the day he wrote it. Kipling lost his own son in WW1.

    A lot of people hate Kipling for what they see as being his flag-waving jingoism. That's an entirely fallacious judgement made by a bunch of snobbish Bloomsbury pseudo-intellectuals who thought poetry had to be about the sort of elevated semtiments that they believed the working classes couldn't possibly hope to understand. Really? They should have read "Recessional" or "If" before passing judgements like that.

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    Leisure
    By W. H. Davies

    WHAT is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—
    No time to stand beneath the boughs,
    And stare as long as sheep and cows:

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance:

    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began?

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    I've always been partial to a bit of shakesphere

    Sonnet 18

    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
    And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
    But thy eternal summer shall not fade
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
    Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

    a line i used from R & J in a letter to someone...

    "Parting is such sweet sorrow,
    That i shall say goodbye till it be 'morrow."
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    Contemporary poetry from my home messageboard:
    Wednesday's Ashes, Cyril Darkcloud, 2003?
    Arabia, Cerulean, 2000?
    There are many good poems there but these are my best-loved.

    If someone hadn't mentioned Kipling already, I would have; if I had to confine myself to reading five authors for the rest of my life, Kipling would be one of them (William Golding the second, and the rest nebulous).

    "The Garden of Love", from Songs of Experience, William Blake, 1794

    I went to the Garden of Love,
    And saw what I never had seen:
    A chapel was built in the midst,
    Where I used to play on the green.

    And the gates of this chapel were shut,
    And "Thou shalt not" writ over the door;
    So I turned to the Garden of Love,
    That so many sweet flowers bore,

    And I saw it was filled with graves,
    And tombstones where flowers should be;
    And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
    And binding with briers my joys and desires.

    T.S. Eliot is faaaaaaar too lengthy to quote within a thread but those are poems I can sink into, and wander around in, and never find the way out.

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    My favourite poem isn't really anything to do with role play or fantasy, but I just love it.

    "WARNING" - Jenny Joseph

    When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
    with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.

    I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
    and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
    and run my stick along the public railings
    and make up for the sobriety of my youth.

    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    and pick the flowers in other people's gardens
    and learn to spit.

    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
    and eat three pounds of sausages at a go
    or only bread and pickles for a week
    and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.

    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
    and pay our rent and not swear in the street
    and set a good example for the children.

    We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
    But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
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    How can no one have yet mentioned The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll?

    "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.

    My other favorite poem is Ode, which you can find by scrolling down a few posts to the topic, 'We are the music makers...'

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    What a cool thread. Hats off to you Dhavaer.

    Oh, John Keats. *Any* of his 1820 odes (Grecian Urn, Autumn, Melancholy). Read them aloud. ;D

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    This is a little intimidating. Here I am, looking at some truly great poems from some of the all-time greats, and I've got nothing to add but my own stuff. Which I'm still going to do, since I'm interested in any critique people are willing to give me. Just... don't expect Shakespeare.

    The Second Truth From the Left

    On a cloudless day, I stared into the sky,
    and it stopped being the sky.
    Suddenly
    blue had an imperfection.
    The bird circled once, twice…

    A mockery, not part
    of the whole. And then I
    wanted to fly, too, and feel the wind whipping
    my hair.
    But god damn biology, that rotten bastard telling me
    it was all impossible. Telling me
    People. Don’t. Fly.

    Well, so what? The
    freedom is what matters. Not
    impossible. No ‘You can’t.’
    The clouds are in my grasp.
    The sky is mine.

    No more bird. I
    knew I was a fool. Tattered feathers, my dream,
    burn up in the sun. Not impossible. No, you can’t.
    The sky still isn’t the sky. It’s just blue.
    I won’t let my hopes reach there again. But,
    the sky is mine, and still, I’ll…

    Just… wish.
    Flowers blanket all the countryside like freshly fallen snow
    I know the answer's waiting somewhere, as it was once long ago
    Do you wait to cross the river from the shores of shallow tide?
    And what will happen to your phantom if you reach the other side?
    ...Hear me crying...

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    To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvel

    Had we but world enough, and time, *
    This coyness, Lady, were no crime *
    We would sit down and think which way *
    To walk and pass our long love's day. *
    Thou by the Indian Ganges' side * * * * *5
    Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide *
    Of Humber would complain. I would *
    Love you ten years before the Flood, *
    And you should, if you please, refuse *
    Till the conversion of the Jews. * 10
    My vegetable love should grow *
    Vaster than empires, and more slow; *
    An hundred years should go to praise *
    Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze; *
    Two hundred to adore each breast, * 15
    But thirty thousand to the rest; *
    An age at least to every part, *
    And the last age should show your heart. *
    For, Lady, you deserve this state, *
    Nor would I love at lower rate. * 20
    *But at my back I always hear *
    Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near; *
    And yonder all before us lie *
    Deserts of vast eternity. *
    Thy beauty shall no more be found, * 25
    Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound *
    My echoing song: then worms shall try *
    That long preserved virginity, *
    And your quaint honour turn to dust, *
    And into ashes all my lust: * 30
    The grave 's a fine and private place, *
    But none, I think, do there embrace. *
    *Now therefore, while the youthful hue *
    Sits on thy skin like morning dew, *
    And while thy willing soul transpires * 35
    At every pore with instant fires, *
    Now let us sport us while we may, *
    And now, like amorous birds of prey, *
    Rather at once our time devour *
    Than languish in his slow-chapt power. * 40
    Let us roll all our strength and all *
    Our sweetness up into one ball, *
    And tear our pleasures with rough strife *
    Thorough the iron gates of life: *
    Thus, though we cannot make our sun * 45
    Stand still, yet we will make him run. *
    We thinkers may appear distant. Though, if you look closely, then you will find we are thoughtful.

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    One I really like:

    Nothing Gold Can Stay - Robert Frost

    Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf's a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief.
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.


    What may be my family's unofficial creed, my grandfather's favorite, my father's as well, and mine to strive to live up to:

    If - Rudyard Kipling

    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!



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    Here are two of my favourite poems I learnt in school so everyone probably knows them, but as they haven't been mentioned yet I feel I should include them, especially the latter. They give two completely different interpretations of war (Crimea and World War One respectively for anyone wondering.)

    The Charge of the Light Brigade

    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    'Forward, the Light Brigade!
    Charge for the guns!' he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
    Was there a man dismay'd ?
    Not tho' the soldier knew
    Some one had blunder'd:
    Their's not to make reply,
    Their's not to reason why,
    Their's but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six hundred.

    Flash'd all their sabres bare,
    Flash'd as they turn'd in air
    Sabring the gunners there,
    Charging an army, while
    All the world wonder'd:
    Plunged in the battery-smoke
    Right thro' the line they broke;
    Cossack and Russian
    Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
    Shatter'd and sunder'd.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon behind them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    While horse and hero fell,
    They that had fought so well
    Came thro' the jaws of Death,
    Back from the mouth of Hell,
    All that was left of them,
    Left of six hundred.

    When can their glory fade?
    O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wonder'd.
    Honour the charge they made!
    Honour the Light Brigade,
    Noble six hundred!

    - Alfred Lord Tennyson

    ..................


    Dulce Et Decorum Est

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
    Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

    GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
    And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori.

    - Wilfred Owen (1893 - 4th November 1918.)
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    Three words: "the war poets".

    Sassoon, Owen, Graves, but not that sentimental propagandist Brooke (Peace was a bad joke, but The Soldier was ok). >:(

    If you can still write beautiful poetry even in the living hell of the Western Front then odds are that you probably have something worthwhile to say.

    Remorse
    by Siegfried Sassoon

    Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit,
    He flounders off the duck-boards; only he knows
    Each flash and spouting crash,--each instant lit
    When gloom reveals the streaming rain. He goes
    Heavily, blindly on. And, while he blunders,
    "Could anything be worse than this?"--he wonders,
    Remembering how he saw those Germans run,
    Screaming for mercy among the stumps of trees:
    Green-faced, they dodged and darted: there was one
    Livid with terror, clutching at his knees. . .
    Our chaps were sticking 'em like pigs . . . "O hell!"
    He thought--"there's things in war one dare not tell
    Poor father sitting safe at home, who reads
    Of dying heroes and their deathless deeds."

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    Philip Larkin - This Be The Verse

    They **** you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were ****ed up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another's throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don't have any kids yourself.


    and for a lighter mood:


    Pam Ayres - Clamp the Mighty Limpet

    I am Clamp the Mighty Limpet -
    I am solid, I am stuck
    I am welded to the rockface
    With my superhuman suck
    I live along the waterline
    And in the dreary caves
    I am Clamp the Mighty Limpet
    I am Ruler of the Waves.

    What care I for the shingle,
    For the dragging of the tide,
    With my unrelenting sucker
    And my granite underside?
    There's only one reward
    For those who come to prise at me
    And that's to watch their fingernails
    As they go floating out to sea.

    Don't upset me, I'm a limpet
    Though it's plankton I devour
    Be very, very careful!
    I can move an inch an hour!
    Don't poke me or prod me
    For I warn you - if you do
    You stand there for a fortnight
    And I might be stuck on you!
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    My favorite Poe poem is the one where he...

    Not long ago, the writer of these lines,
    In the mad pride of intellectuality,
    Maintained "the power of words"- denied that ever
    A thought arose within the human brain
    Beyond the utterance of the human tongue:
    And now, as if in mockery of that boast,
    Two words- two foreign soft dissyllables-
    Italian tones, made only to be murmured
    By angels dreaming in the moonlit "dew
    That hangs like chains of pearl on Hermon hill,"
    Have stirred from out the abysses of his heart,
    Unthought-like thoughts that are the souls of thought,
    Richer, far wilder, far diviner visions
    Than even seraph harper, Israfel,
    (Who has "the sweetest voice of all God's creatures,")
    Could hope to utter. And I! my spells are broken.
    The pen falls powerless from my shivering hand.
    With thy dear name as text, though bidden by thee,
    I cannot write- I cannot speak or think-
    Alas, I cannot feel; for 'tis not feeling,
    This standing motionless upon the golden
    Threshold of the wide-open gate of dreams.
    Gazing, entranced, adown the gorgeous vista,
    And thrilling as I see, upon the right,
    Upon the left, and all the way along,
    Amid empurpled vapors, far away
    To where the prospect terminates- thee only.

    Yeah, that one. He's just like - I can't describe how I feel for you, so I'm not even going to try, but it is so totally awesome.
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    I have three to contribute. One by Shel Silverstein, one by Theodore Roethke, and one by me. Well, the one by me is actually a song, but I like the way it turned out.


    (I love this poem and have it on my wall. It's my favorite Silverstein piece and a great one to cheer myself up when I'm out of sorts.)

    Listen to the Mustn'ts
    By Shel Silverstein

    Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
    Listen to the DON'TS,
    Listen to the SHOULDN'TS,
    the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS,
    Listen to the NEVER HAVES
    Then listen close to me-
    ANYTHING can happen, child,
    ANYTHING can be.

    (I love the lyrical style in this one. Try reading it out loud and whispering the last line in each stanza- it sounds even better aloud than written.)

    I Knew a Woman
    By Theodore Roethke

    I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
    When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
    Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
    The shapes a bright container can contain!
    Of her choice virtues only gods should speak,
    Or English poets who grew up on Greek
    (I'd have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek.)

    How well her wishes went! She stroked my chin,
    She taught me Turn, and Counter-turn, and stand;
    She taught me Touch, that undulant white skin:
    I nibbled meekly from her proffered hand;
    She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake,
    Coming behind her for her pretty sake
    (But what prodigious mowing did we make.)

    Love likes a gander, and adores a goose:
    Her full lips pursed, the errant note to seize;
    She played it quick, she played it light and loose;
    My eyes, they dazzled at her flowing knees;
    Her several parts could keep a pure repose,
    Or one hip quiver with a mobile nose
    (She moved in circles, and those circles moved.)

    Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
    I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
    What's freedom for? To know eternity.
    I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
    But who would count eternity in days?
    These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
    (I measure time by how a body sways.)

    (I wrote this a few months back about a snotty, aloof co-worker. He's someone that I pity a great deal.)
    Prince
    By Tadakimacun

    He reminds me of royalty-
    His bearing brightly brings to mind
    The best shades of nobility
    Spoiled prince hoarding his words
    For a sparkling new crown;
    See it balanced on his brow
    As his nose he looks down

    At the rabble-rousers rising right before his eyes
    Loudly, blindly worshipping the blatant fam'ly ties

    Tell me how could someone who seems
    Carved from living stone
    Practice this pretense to stay aloof and alone....?

    I bear silent witness to this facade of not-care;
    But underneath his nonchalance I see a person there

    No, I'm not wrong; before too long
    His bearing wanes, his sadness grows
    As he forgets how to be strong;
    Village raises child who grows to defend his home-
    A man can only perish when
    He tries to live alone...

    Watch the rabble-rousers rising right before his eyes
    Loudly building homage to the blatant fam'ly ties

    Tell me how the prince now feels,
    Trapped in living stone
    Spoiled prince now gets his wish to always be alone...

    I bear silent witness as his heart's wish becomes real
    Watch a single tear fall down...
    And he learns how to feel.
    (Psst! "Narlye nat vanya" = "you sexy thing" in Elvish! Use this to your advantage!)

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    Good old Shel Silverstein! Another three by him (all quoted from memory - can't find them on the Net):


    The walrus got braces
    And that's why his face is
    A tangle of wires and steel.
    He'll sit and he'll wait
    Till his tusks are both straight,
    And then think how much happier he'll feel!
    But meanwhile they're ruining his meal.


    I am a dry-stone-waller.
    All day long, I dry-stone-wall.
    Of all appalling callings, dry-stone-walling's
    Worst of all.


    If you are a dreamer, come in!
    If you are a dreamer,
    A wisher, a liar,
    A hope-er, a pray-er,
    A magic bean buyer,
    If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire!
    For we have some flax-golden tales to spin,
    Come in! Come in!
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    Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out!

    Shel Silverstein is officially awesome.
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    Nemesis,

    by H. P. Lovecraft.

    Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
    Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
    I have lived o'er my lives without number,
    I have sounded all things with my sight;
    And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.

    I have whirled with the earth at the dawning,
    When the sky was a vaporous flame;
    I have seen the dark universe yawning
    Where the black planets roll without aim,
    Where they roll in their horror unheeded, without knowledge or lustre or name.

    I had drifted o'er seas without ending,
    Under sinister grey-clouded skies
    That the many-forked lightning is rending,
    That resound with hysterical cries;
    With the moans of invisible daemons that out of the green waters rise.

    I have plunged like a deer through the arches
    Of the hoary primoridal grove,
    Where the oaks feel the presence that marches
    And stalks on where no spirit dares rove,
    And I flee from a thing that surrounds me, and leers through dead branches above.

    I have stumbled by cave-ridden mountains
    That rise barren and bleak from the plain,
    I have drunk of the frog-foetid fountains
    That ooze down to the marsh and the main;
    And in hot cursed tarns I have seen things I care not to gaze on again.

    I have scanned the vast ivy-clad palace,
    I have trod its untenanted hall,
    Where the moon rising up from the valleys
    Shows the tapestried things on the wall;
    Strange figurres discordantly woven, that I cannot endure to recall.

    I have peered from the casements in wonder
    At the mouldering meadows around,
    At the many-roofed village laid under
    The curse of a grave-girdled ground;
    And from rows of white urn-carven marble I listen intently for sound.

    I have haunted the tombs of the ages,
    I have flown on the pinions of fear
    Where the smoke-belching Erebus rages;
    Where the jokulls loom snow-clad and drear:
    And in realms where the sun of the desert consumes what it never can cheer.

    I was old when the pharaohs first mounted
    The jewel-decked throne by the Nile;
    I was old in those epochs uncounted
    When I, and I only, was vile;
    And Man, yet untainted and happy, dwelt in bliss on the far Artic isle.

    Oh, great was the sin of my spirit,
    And great is the reach of its doom;
    Not the pity of Heaven can cheer it,
    Nor can respite be found in the tomb:
    Down the infinite aeons come beating the wings of unmerciful gloom.

    Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
    Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
    I have lived o'er my lives without number,
    I have sounded all things with my sight;
    And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.



    but... aren't we violating copyrights by posting poems of other people - even if they are dead - here? I just wondered...
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