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#26 2013-06-07 11:19:34

Rook
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

ylvs wrote:

Firs, you really gotta fight keeping your title as poet of Smarch ... Rook is much more productive ...

Well, Rook's an assembly line of poetry... a veritable cornucopia of prose. But I thought you wanted quality!

Very well, since you insist on quantity over quality, I give you the worst poem I ever wrote:


Billy's Death

Billy fell down into the troth
(Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly, moth)

He fell so hard that he cracked his skull
(Mouse, mouse, mouse, mole)

His body flew off from his big noggin
(Vulture, vulture, vulture, robin)

The doctor came to look at his head
(Catfish, catfish, catfish, bullhead)

And then he said, "Dear me, he's dead!"

*snap* *snap* *snap*


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#27 2013-06-07 15:01:04

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Magpie wrote:

And then I saw a dead mole on the way to work, and guess what I had stuck in my head for the rest of the way? (Would have been longer, but work got too busy.)

LOL! Er, I mean, sorry.


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#28 2013-06-07 18:42:36

cyan
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Billy fell down into the troth
(Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly, moth)

Wait, shouldn't that be trough?  Because my dictionary says: troth - loyal or pledged faithfullness; fidelity.


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#29 2013-06-07 20:39:42

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Good catch, Cyan! :) Edited!


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#30 2013-06-07 21:27:35

cyan
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Sorry Firsfron, it's tacky of me to suggest you should use a word other than the one you chose for your poem.  I rather like the idea of Billy falling so hard into his fidelity that it cracked his skull.


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#31 2013-06-08 00:26:09

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Poetry Slam

LOL!


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#32 2013-06-11 15:55:02

Rook
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Hmmm... still have to come up with a poem that's more related to TWMB.  So here's another one!  It's inspired by an article my wife came across about a recent movie (which shouldn't be too hard to discern) as well as a reading of "To An Athlete Dying Young."

The press says that you took your life, George Reeves.
An ill-timed buck laid low the great Chris Reeve.
Meanwhile Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain
Are no big stars but dim remembered names.

They say that there’s a curse that Reeves began
Woe to all actors playing Superman
Rue thy cursed fate, Henry Cavill,
Doomed’s your career now you’re the Man of Steel.

Great is the burden — He who wears the tights
And red cape must pose with heroic might…
With wide-eyed earnestness of a Clark Kent?
To be typecast, it seems no accident.

And yet… is not the price worth the renown?
For when you’re Superman, there’s naught but down.
Like comets burning through the skies you shoot
As paragon of justice and of truth.

An honor given to priv’leged few men
To play the Legend comics can’t contain;
Even films struggle to depict his scope!
For this short time, you play our greatest hope.


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#33 2013-06-17 15:29:14

Rook
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Re: The Poetry Slam

When my lungs rip a nasty hack
Just douse me in Laird’s Applejack
General George’s medicine
Was cure enough for what ailed him
So let me gargle up the putrid
Nasty yellow cleaning fluid
That makes my Asian ears turn red
Which my wife saved for gingerbread.


“The past,” they say, “is now truly like a foreign country. They do things exactly the same there.” --- Douglas Adams

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#34 2014-04-03 10:38:03

Rook
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Re: The Poetry Slam

I was inspired to do something simple today.  The challenge at NaPoWriMo was a charm (sort of a magic spell), but I was inspired by the second part of the description: that it sounds like a nursery rhyme.  So... this one's a little like a nursery rhyme.

The Lion-Tamer stands beside
The yawning lions of the pride.
Snap! Snap! He cracks his big bull whip!
Snap! Snap! The lions’ paws go up.
He blows his whistle. Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
The lions stand up on their feet.
“Huttah!” The Lion-Tamer whoops
As lions jump through flaming hoops.
The Lion-Tamer’s not alarmed,
He lives Lion-Tamer’s Charm:
Keep lion appetites sustained, or
One less circus entertainer!


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#35 2014-04-24 11:11:01

Rook
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Getting toward the end of NaPoWriMo.  It's been a pretty good month so far, though it was more challenging than last year... mainly because I tried to focus on one subject (circus and carnivals).  It is tough!  Makes me respect the dude who, year after year, only writes poems about masonry.

Speaking of.... This poem is inspired by his poetry attempts.  (His blog was the inspiration for today's NaPoWriMo challenge.)

Light gray stones, all flat and round
Rises ten inches from the ground
And barely just a palm's width wide
Bisects the verdant country side.

On one side's a grassy hill
With dandelions and bluebells.
The other side of this low wall
The border of suburban sprawl.

All I see: a stone tightrope
Suspended 'bove the world below
One foot behind the other's sole
Arms splayed out like a balance pole

Inching slowly forward now
As much as the wall will allow;
Arching left, then quickly --- right!
Bracing till the end's in sight.

But if somehow I am offset
I fall to the ground's safety net
And then I raise my arms because
Imagined crowds break in applause.


“The past,” they say, “is now truly like a foreign country. They do things exactly the same there.” --- Douglas Adams

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#36 2014-04-25 00:12:14

Sahi
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Lovely! Now that's the kind of poetry I can get!


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#37 2014-05-08 14:42:09

Em
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Posts: 43864

Re: The Poetry Slam

A new cheese quote (not original with me):

"Sweet dreams are made of cheese,
Who am I to dis a brie?"


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#38 2014-05-11 21:25:57

bumadax
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Wow Rook you're really prolific and really good! I almost never write rhyme poetry - a combination of me being lazy and having a preference for more free form.

Dunno if I mentioned this on this forum yet but I do this thing where I sit on the street with a typewriter and a box that says "poem: your topic your price," and make a decent amount of money when I go do it. I even take pictures of the poems I've written people with them holding the paper slightly below their eyes, and I made a website for it - if anyone is interested: lewislewispoems.net.

 

#39 2014-05-11 22:15:16

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Poetry Slam

Max, you aren't Typewriter Guy, by any chance? That guy rocks!

I've been reading through your Lewis Lewis poems. I really like the Mother's Day one!


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#40 2014-05-11 22:25:02

bumadax
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Re: The Poetry Slam

I'm definitely not that guy!

He's not the only "typewriter guy" out there, either. (And there is at least one "typewriter gal" in existence: one of which I know about who does Los Angeles farmer's markets.)

Thanks! I find the more holiday/anniversary/birthday ones to be kind of boring because they make me feel like a hallmark card dispenser. Yet at the same time it's nice to be challenged to think of nice, hopeful, inspiring things to type onto the page even when I'm suddenly irritated by the triteness of the request.

Also I think this weekend I did a total of like 5 mother's day poems... not everyone wants their picture taken with the poem. I think 3 of them are on the website.

 

#41 2014-05-12 13:39:33

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Poetry Slam

bumadax wrote:

He's not the only "typewriter guy" out there, either.

No indeed.


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#42 2014-05-12 15:07:50

Rook
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Re: The Poetry Slam

bumadax wrote:

Wow Rook you're really prolific and really good! I almost never write rhyme poetry - a combination of me being lazy and having a preference for more free form.

Thanks!  Honestly, though, I do rhyme mainly because I'm terrible with free verse.  I can never get the rhythm right.  So it's almost a cheat for me to do iambic pentameter or the one with eight beats (there's an official name for it, and I think it's Indian in origin, but I can't remember it right now).


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