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    Here is one I wrote today, I think I'm going to put it up in my office where I do therapy along with some of my drawings.


    Harmony

    Distant, an unworthy approach
    The space now smaller,
    “Listen to my song,
    Bathe in it’s harmony,
    Cherish it’s meaning,
    Exist within it’s unforgotten eternity,
    Love.”

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    I'm sure there are other poets/fans of poetry on here! Who do you like, what do you like, share!

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    There are three poets who, in my professional opinion, fully exploit everything of which the English language is capable (in terms of a nearly-flawless synthesis of profound meaning and musical depth), and a signature work by each:

    1. John Milton, Paradise Lost

    2. John Keats, "To Autumn"

    3. Dylan Thomas, "Fern Hill"

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    CIRCUS POLKA
    Stravinsky wrote the polka
    for one of the younger
    elephants in Barnum and
    Bailey’s circus who had
    commissioned the piece.

    Record sleeve note


    O Barnum jumbo,
    elephant rare,
    commission me!
    I’ve musical flair -
    Stravinsky’s stuff
    is cold and spare,
    (he even steals,
    March Militaire).

    You’ll like my polka,
    brass will blare
    round circus rings
    (round never square)
    for I will write
    with grateful care,
    and you will dance
    like Fred Astaire.

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    I’m a huge fan of Chinese/Japanese Zen poetry, Goethe, Baudelaire, Keats, and Pound. I’ve written some over the years all prose. I find it harder to write what I really want than music, aince it is not limited to 12 notes and other fixed parameters.
    "But I fear tomorrow I'll be crying..." Peter Sinfield

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    One of my favorites is William Butler Yeats' "THE SECOND COMING."

    My own poetry is more in line with Silverstein and Prelutsky.
    Last edited by Joe B; Oct-21-2017 at 11:58.
    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I’m a huge fan of Chinese/Japanese Zen poetry, Goethe, Baudelaire, Keats, and Pound. I’ve written some over the years all prose. I find it harder to write what I really want than music, aince it is not limited to 12 notes and other fixed parameters.
    It sounds like maybe you do your best work when there are some constraints and rules to guide you. In that case, perhaps you could try writing poetry in a set form, such as a sonnet or haiku. If you decide to give that a try, let us know how it goes!

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    I enjoy limericks and clerihews.
    'In our way, Johnson strongly expressed his love of driving fast in a post-chaise. "If (said he) I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman;"' Boswell's Life of Johnson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Johnson View Post
    I enjoy limericks and clerihews.
    The clerihew is a high poetic achievement indeed. Unfortunately much-neglected.

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    I'm a little bit obsessed by John Keats. Was able to go to the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year and the tiny miniature portrait they have of him there was incredible to see, it was luminous.

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    Richard Cory
    BY EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON
    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

    And he was always quietly arrayed,
    And he was always human when he talked;
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
    And admirably schooled in every grace:
    In fine, we thought that he was everything
    To make us wish that we were in his place.

    So on we worked, and waited for the light,
    And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
    And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
    Went home and put a bullet through his head.

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    An apposite clerihew, for those who have never been exposed:

    Thomas Tallis
    Bore no man any malice
    Save for an organist called Ken
    Who played his music rather badly now and then

    - Spike Milligan

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    This poem gets to me at my stage of life.

    Love After Love, Derek Walcott

    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post
    My own poetry is more in line with Silverstein and Prelutsky.

    "My Dad’s Truck"

    My Dad’s truck is big and black,
    He says his truck is “Where it’s at!”

    When my Dad gets behind the wheel,
    His two back tires often squeal.

    He thinks that cars are “Way to slow”
    My dad says, “I want’a go…!!!!!”

    Took the corner way to fast--
    Dad’s new truck is in the grass.

    He got yelled at by the Trooper,
    Called my Mom, “Well that’s just SUPER!”
    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Have an old traditional poetry book with poems written by all the known poets with "emergency war binding". Think it belonged to my Aunty originally and don't think she knows its in my possession.

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