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Short Poems
Posted by: Stephen Fryer (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 02, 2002 05:28PM

I have been musing (second bottle of Bordeaux, halfway down) on those tiny little bitty things, almost too short to be poems - apart from the haiku, which is another day.

Here's one I think I like:

Jorge Luis Borges

Since that day
I have not moved the pieces
On the board.

Here's one I think I don't:

Margaret Atwood

you fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye

Why does the first one stay with me, and the second make me think, oh please? Is it the shortness - can't be, if I like one and not the other. So, what? Cheers.

Stephen


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 02, 2002 05:44PM

"Why does the first one stay with me, and the second make me think, oh please?"

There are certain questions one simply should not answer. For example:
"Do you think it's okay for me to park here?" Just say nothing.

But since you asked IN WRITING, on a FORUM... Here's why I feel pretty much the same way.

The first one stays with mebecause it leaves so much to the imagination, so you keep filling in the blanks after you've closed the book.

The second one force feeds meTWO IMAGES and tells me how clever the author is to juxtapose them. So there nothing left for myimagination to hold onto, and I wouldn't want to anyway because it's a painful image.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Jack (---.southg01.mi.comcast.net)
Date: August 02, 2002 06:04PM

I don't know. I find the second one sort of Dorothy Parkeresque. For those who are old enough (Stephen) to know how well the hook & eye analogy compliment each other, the "punch-line" is jarringly unexpected (Dorothy loved that set-up/let-down format). But to most people under 50, when you say hook, fish-type hooks come readily to mind, and without the hook what other kind of eyes are there? this is a rhetorical question, not intended to instigate a pile of sailor jargon or geological replies.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 02, 2002 07:50PM

I can see why you called the second one "sort of Dorothy Parkeresque." I didn't mean to belittle it AS A POEM.

I only mean that the Borges sticks with you because it invites you to fill in the blanks, and the Atwood doesn't work that way.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: ilza (---.162.229.6.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 02, 2002 08:39PM

The women in my life
they come and they go.
I'm glad they come
I'm glad I come
I'm glad they go.

by the elusive Roy Flanders
from Nantucket Solitaire
publ. June 1986


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Chesil (---.neo.rr.com)
Date: August 02, 2002 09:23PM

Too long.

Ezra Pound

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: ilza (---.162.229.6.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 02, 2002 09:31PM

Reflections on Ice-Breaking
Ogden Nash

Candy is dandy
But liquor is quicker.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: glenda (---.dallas-01rh15rt-tx.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 02, 2002 09:40PM

Three Short Poems

"The underground roads
Are, as the dead prefer them,
Always tortuous."

"When he looked the cave in the eye,
Hercules
Had a moment of doubt."

"Leaning out over
The dreadful precipice,
One contemptuous tree."

W, H. Auden


Shortest ?
Posted by: ilza (---.162.229.6.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 02, 2002 09:51PM

I am fond of quatrains / that is as short as I can come to like them


but ... how about the shortest ?

"Fleas"

Adam
'ad 'em.

...

Reflection On A Wicked World
Ogden Nash

Purity
Is obscurity
....................

The Bronx
Ogden Nash

The Bronx?
No thonx!


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-35rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 03, 2002 03:24PM


I think of my wife, and I think of Lot,
And I think of the lucky break he got.
--William Rossa Cole


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: glenda (---.dallas-01rh15rt-tx.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 03, 2002 10:53PM

The Ostrich
by Odgen Nash


The ostrich roams the great Sahara.
Its mouth is wide, its neck is narra.
It has such long and lofty legs,
I'm glad it sits to lay its eggs.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 04, 2002 02:13PM


I slept the whole blessed morning away
And it was heavenly, sublime --
Just think, if I hadn't slept half the day
I might have wasted all that time.
- May Richstone


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Smokey (---.tctwest.net)
Date: August 04, 2002 09:29PM

Shake and shake the ketchup bottle
None will come , then a lot'l


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh16rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 05, 2002 01:07PM


That last one has to be by Ogden.

OK, all you frogs:
Everyone out of the pool
And form three lines
--Edmund Conti


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: ilza (---.162.225.9.sao.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 05, 2002 06:45PM

Shake and shake the ketchup bottle
is actually by Richard Armour


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Elliot (---.nyw.ny.webcache.rcn.net)
Date: August 06, 2002 12:41AM

Here's one by Haldorn Flamergushen (1818)

A short poem
About Rome.

E.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Brucefur (---.ok.shawcable.net)
Date: August 09, 2002 04:25AM

Ah Auden, I love Auden.

Especially Refugee Blues!

As to your question Stephen (forgive me if this is said elsewhere, but time is short), do you play chess?

The first poem seems to me to almost say; "It's your move."


Brucefur


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: bobo (---.tampabay.rr.com)
Date: August 12, 2002 01:20AM

One of my favorites is short, but complete.

FLEAS
Adam
Had'm.

My seventh grade teacher (nun-no really!) used this poem to show an example of a poem that HAD to have a title. As opposed to one that didn't--I believe we were studying Emily Dickinson...


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Keri Lynn (---.dsl.hstntx.swbell.net)
Date: August 12, 2002 05:06AM

We Real Cool

(the pool players. seven at the Golden Shovel)

We realcool. We
Left School. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

Gwendolyn Brooks

and my favorite short poem...

The Lama

The one-l lama
He's a priest.
The two-l llama,
He's a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama
There isn't any
Three-l lllama.

Ogden Nash

and last...

What Is an Epigram?

What is an Epigram? a dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

These are all short and all full of meaning. I think you do not like
Margaret Atwood's "You Fit Into Me" because it sounds like the whinings of a bitter woman who hates her husbands but stays with him never the less and continues to complain about it incessantly asif she could do nothing in the world to ameleorate her situation.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-35rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 12, 2002 02:10PM


The Lama

The one-l lama
He's a priest.
The two-l llama,
He's a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama
There isn't any
Three-l lllama.

Ogden Nash



It seems that Ogden,
In his drama,
Forgot the fireman's
Four alarmer.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 12, 2002 03:37PM



"the fireman's FOUR-L Armour"?


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 13, 2002 06:44AM

There's a footnote to my copy of this Nash poem. It says
'The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as the three-alarmer. Pooh.'

Presumably fires have got worse since then.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: August 13, 2002 12:25PM

Or, as they used to sing about Gawain and the guys at the Round Table when they bragged too much about their prowess: "Hot dogs, armoured hot dogs!"

pam


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 13, 2002 04:08PM


In days of old, when knights were bold,
and hot dogs weren't invented,
they squirted mustard on their custard
and went along contented.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.csupomona.edu)
Date: August 15, 2002 08:23PM

The Elephant

by: Hilaire Belloc

When people call this beast to mind,
They marvel more and more
At such a little tail behind,
So large a trunk before.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Brucefur (---.ok.shawcable.net)
Date: August 17, 2002 02:34PM

Okay here are my contributions:

Epitaph of a pessimist

I'm Smith of Stoke, aged sixty odd,
I've lived without a dame
From youth-time on; and I would to God
My dad had done the same.

Thomas Hardy

Ye Gods, You gave to me a wife

Ye gods, you gave to me a wife,
out of your wonted favour,
to be the comfort of my life,
and I was glad to have her:
But if your providence divine
for something else design her,
to obey your will at any time
I'm ready to resign her.

Anonymous

Please note, these poems in NO way reflect the OPINION of the typer! But hahaha I do think they are tremendously funny.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Chip (208.19.246.---)
Date: August 25, 2002 07:42PM

HA !! Fabulous....


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Chip (208.19.246.---)
Date: August 25, 2002 07:45PM

Stephen;

Have you heard this? Do you know the author?

Lightning,
Isn't frightening,
If you see it the way I do.
Because I know,
It's just Gods way,
Of checking on me and you.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Chip (208.19.246.---)
Date: August 25, 2002 07:49PM

This kills me ! was in a movie recently.

Thanks for the laugh.... I'm dying here.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Marian-NYC (216.27.129.---)
Date: August 28, 2002 04:51PM

Some poems come entire, bless them, dictated by the muse or ha-Shem or the tooth fairy. They arrive. They may be important or trivial. When I am discussing inspiration with students, some of whom always want to overvalue the spontaneous, I tell the old chestnut about the Boston Brahmin who woke in the middle of the night from the revelation of the truth of human relationships, wrote down the awesome words and in the morning found:

Higgamous piggamous, men are polygamous;
hoggamous, poggamous, women, monogamous.


This story and version found at:
[www.archer-books.com] />
=======

I heard the same story years ago, but the verse was EVER-SO-SLIGHTLY different:

Hoggamous, higgamous: men are polygamous.
Higgamous, hoggamous: women, monogamous.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (12.91.174.---)
Date: September 28, 2002 12:33PM


but ... how about the shortest ?

"Fleas"

Adam
'ad 'em.


I just read this one again in an anthology. It is actually, On the Antiquity of Microbes, by Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 16, 2002 11:49AM


I just read this (anonymous) one. Breaks me up, but I dunno why.


It was a cold and wintry night,
A man stood in the street;
His aged eyes were full of tears,
His boots were full of feet.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Jack (---.eapplied.com)
Date: October 16, 2002 12:20PM

This smacks of Groucho.


Ya think?


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-35rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 17, 2002 12:51PM


Could be, I guess. The book where I got it was Willard Espy's Life and Works of Mr Anonymous, 1977, so the time frame is ok, but the use of agèd makes me think it was written MUCH longer ago.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Mia (---.sc.univ-montp1.fr)
Date: October 18, 2002 10:58AM


Fame is a bee
It has a song--
It has a sting--
Ah, too, it has a wing

Emily Dickinson

---------------------

The Last Poem In The World

Would I write it if I could?
Bet your glitzy ass I would.

Hayden Carruth

----------------------

Common Form

If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.

Rudyard Kipling

------------------------

Suicide's Note

The calm
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss

Langston Hughes

------------------------
Choose

The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open asking hand held out and waiting.
Choose:
For we meet by one or the other.

Carl Sandburg

--------------------------
Instant Fish

Instant Fish
by Phidias!
Add Water
and they swim.

Peter Porter

(Phidias was a greek sculptor whose statues were so realistic they seemed to be alive)

Mia


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: October 18, 2002 12:46PM

And there's the world's shortest SF story, by Fredric Brown.

"The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door......"

pam


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 18, 2002 01:47PM


Seek not beauty, seek not wit;
Seek not wealth, or but a bit.
Seek instead the maiden who
Seeks no other man but you.
She will be when you are gone
Loyalty's own paragon;
She her virtue well will shield,
And, when she cannot but yield,
For one moment, maybe two,
May pretend that He is You.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 18, 2002 02:02PM


Oops, author is anon., sorry.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: October 18, 2002 03:55PM

Reminded me of this one--

pam

Pink Dominoes

{"They are fools who kiss and tell" -
Wisely has the poet sung.
Man may hold all sorts of posts
If he'll only hold his tongue. }

JENNY and Me were engaged, you see,
On the eve of the Fancy Ball;
So a kiss or two was nothing to you
Or any one else at all.
Jenny would go in a domino
Pretty and pink but warm;
While I attended, clad in a splendid
Austrian uniform.

[I want you to see that Jenny and Me
Had barely exchanged our troth;
So a kiss or two was strictly due
By, from, and between us both.]

When Three was over, an eager lover,
I fled to the gloom outside;
And a Domino came out also
Whom I took for my future bride.

That is to say, in a casual way,
I slipped my arm around her;
With a kiss or two (which is nothing to you),
And ready to kiss I found her.

She turned her head and the name she said
Was certainly not my own;
But ere I could speak, with a smothered shriek
She fled and left me alone.

Then Jenny came, and I saw with shame
She'd doffed her domino;
And I had embraced an alien waist
But I did not tell her so.

Next morn I knew that there were two
Dominoes pink, and one
Had cloaked the spouse of Sir Julian Vouse,
Our big Political gun.

Sir J. was old, and her hair was gold,
And her eye was a blue cerulean;
And the name she said when she turned her head
Was not in the least like "Julian".

Now wasn't it nice, when want of pice
Forbade us twain to marry,
That old Sir J., in the kindest way,
Made me his Secretarry ?
--Rudyard Kipling


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Jack? (---.southg01.mi.comcast.net)
Date: September 09, 2003 03:51PM

Hah!

You guys left me at least one good bump!


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.18.---)
Date: September 09, 2003 04:12PM

There's always the things that go bump in the night.

pam


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: September 09, 2003 04:28PM

Jack, I'm only to May, I've got clear till December yet... and that's not to even mention the poetry.

Les


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Talia (216.117.99.---)
Date: September 09, 2003 05:36PM

early November
and still the last sunflower
nods hello to me
--Linda Porter

her red mini skirt
old men linger on
at the prescription desk
--Nina A. Wicker

tomato
little
buddha
--Michael Fessler

heavy perfume
on the coughing woman--
the elevator down
--Gary Hotham

hot afternoon
the baby in the stroller
discards a shoe
--Doris Heitmeyer

Stanford M. Forrester, editor
bottle rockets
P.O. Box 290691
Wethersfield, CT 06129-0691

[www.geocities.com]


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Jack? (---.southg01.mi.comcast.net)
Date: September 09, 2003 05:55PM

Les-

I'm glad there are others prowling the murky depths of the archive.
It's good to have more than one opinion on what is bumpworthy.
I don't get it when someone bumps a poem that's only fifteen minutes old.
Keep up the good work, and I'll see you at the upcoming Bumpkins Ball!


Jack (the head Bumpkin)


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 09, 2003 06:30PM

I don't get it when someone bumps a poem that's only fifteen minutes old.

I think that they're the same people who post homework queries at 4 am (on the due date, naturally) and complain that they don't get a fast response.

pam


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: September 09, 2003 07:58PM

Jack,

Bumpkins we are,
Bumpkins we shall be;
Smiling all the while
As we read our poetry.


Les


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: September 10, 2003 05:03PM

Talia, I love those mini-poems you posted!

-----------

Here's one I wrote about my neighborhood in Seattle when it was rapidly changing (for the better). Now I'm in NYC and I've seen neighborhoods here change almost exactly the same way.

New Thai restaurant
on Broadway
serves espresso

-----------

And here's one by my friend Randy Sardella. He wrote it when I was asking people to contribute "Christmas Haiku" for a book ("Christmas" and "haiku" defined as broadly as possible):

Black bicycle in the dark living room.
Lights on.
Oops, it's red!

-----------

And here's the one "Mary Campbell"--the character on SOAP--wrote for her husband when she was taking a poetry class:

My Husband

I love him so much
words merely diminish the feeling.
I would not attempt
to describe a rose.

(When she told her husband that she wasn't serious about poetry, he said, "THat's good, because--that poem you wrote? It doesn't rhyme.")


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 11, 2003 10:49AM

This punchy two-liner was in a 1990s paperback anthology of modern English writing which I have mislaid. Can't remember the author.

Elderly mermaid I sneeze in your lasagne.
Damp has destroyed the rest of the page...


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: September 11, 2003 11:40AM


My friend Shoshana Kerewsky, who is now somewhat "known" as a serious poet, wrote spurious "fragments" of ancient Latin and Greek poetry for a humor magazine in college.

I can only remember two of them:




Fragment number 1

. . . until the . . .



Fragment number 4

Dance, girls -- Aphrodite is bored.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.MCLNVA23.covad.net)
Date: September 11, 2003 01:44PM


First, the fragment from Lalla Rookh by Thomas Moore:

[www.blackmask.com] />
I never lov'd a tree or flow'r,
But 'twas the first to fade away.
I never nurs'd a dear gazelle
To glad me with its soft black eye,
But when it came to know me well
And love me, it was sure to die!


Then, the even more well known take-off:

I have never had a piece of toast
Particularly long and wide,
But fell upon the sanded floor,
And always on the buttered side.
-- James Payn


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: September 11, 2003 02:11PM

Looks like it's time to reprise this favorite of mine (from LAUGH-IN).



The Robin
by Henry Gibson

I saw a little robin going hop hop hop
So I cried, "Mr. Robin, won't you stop stop stop?
"Mr. Robin, quit your hoppin'!
"Mr. Robin, quit your hoppin'!"
But he wouldn't.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Ellen (213.40.3.---)
Date: September 11, 2003 03:00PM

Celia, Celia

Adrian Mitchell

When I am sad and weary
When I think all hope has gone
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Ellen (213.40.3.---)
Date: September 11, 2003 03:02PM

Fireworks Poem

Wendy Cope

Write it in fire across the night:
Some men are more or less all right.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Ellen (213.40.3.---)
Date: September 11, 2003 03:06PM

OOpps last one I promise.

I'll have your heart.

Stevie Smith.

I'll have your heart, if not by gift my knife
Shall carve it out. I'll have your heart, your life.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 11, 2003 03:57PM

And Ogden Nash certainly wrote plenty of them.

Kipling's Vermont

The summer like a rajah dies,
And every widowed tree
Kindles for Congregationalist eyes
An alien suttee.

pam


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: rikki (---.carlnfd1.nsw.optusnet.com.au)
Date: September 11, 2003 06:33PM

A couple from Leonard Cohen...


I make this song for thee
Lord of the World
who has everything in the world
except this song

-----------------

They locked up a man
who wanted to rule the world
The fools
They locked up the wrong man


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 12, 2003 10:20AM

Another from Leonard Cohen: 'For Anne':

With Annie gone,
Whose eyes to compare
With the morning sun?

Not that I did compare,
But I do compare
Now that she's gone.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 12, 2003 10:22AM

And this from Hilaire Belloc 'The False Heart':

I said to Heart, "How goes it?" Heart replied:"
"Right as a Ribstone Pippin!" But it lied.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.MCLNVA23.covad.net)
Date: September 12, 2003 12:13PM


A private joke? Unclear here on the left side of the pond.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: September 12, 2003 12:45PM

Google gave 'ribstone pippin' about 250 hits.

Ribstone is remarkable for being the place, where that delicious apple called the "Ribstone Pippin," was first cultivated in this kingdom. The original tree was raised from a pippin, brought from France; from which tree, such numbers have been propagated, that they are now to be met with in almost every orchard in this, and many other counties. --Hist. Knaresborough.

pam


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: September 13, 2003 04:44AM

The ribstone pippin is a red herring - just a way of padding the line to 7 syllables by mentioning and apple that is the essence of good apples. Right as ninepence (an equally mystifying saying) is the usual cliche. I think the joke is that the false heart usually means someone else's - he's saying his own misled him.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 13, 2003 09:25AM

A prejudiced brevity from Ogden Nash:

No McTavish
Was ever lavish.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 13, 2003 11:47AM

You could of course interpret 'The False Heart' as a wry reaction to being diagnosed with some cardiac problem, but I prefer to read it as expressing much the same sentiment as Dorothy Parker's 'Comment':

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hernandez (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: October 30, 2003 01:07PM

"This is Tottenham Hale
Change here for suburban rail"


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: November 03, 2003 09:47AM

I always imagined this punchy one came from the good old Industrial Revolution/Child Labour days in England, until I googled the author's name and found she was a US writer who died in 1959:

The Golf Links
by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn

The golf links lie so near the mill
That almost every day
The laboring children can look out
And see the men at play.



Post Edited (11-04-03 07:39)


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.phoenix-01rh15rt-az.dial-access.att.net)
Date: November 03, 2003 11:02AM


Which in turn reminded me of Harry Graham's,


The Englishman's Home

I was playing golf the day
That the Germans landed;
All our troops had run away,
All our ships were stranded;
And the thought of England's shame
Altogether spoilt my game.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: November 03, 2003 03:17PM

Here's a little ditty about golf:

When Lady Bugs Play Golf

When lady bugs play golf
the scores are very low.
Their little arms are much too short
to swing the clubs, you know.

Bald Spot

No hair

There


The Rabbit Farmer Has Vegetable Stew

No Hare

There


When the Easter Bunny Plays Golf

When the Easter Bunny plays golf,
he never takes a stroke.
The ball reminds him of his eggs.
He can't bear to see them broke.



When Alligators Play Golf

When alligators play golf
the scores are never known
'cause partners are soon eaten
and the gators are alone.


These are all anons. for obvious reasons.

Les


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: November 04, 2003 08:54AM

To move, at least temporarily, from the ridiculous towards the sublime, here's a translation from Rumi that I like:

When you are away I cannot sleep,
And when you're here the night is not for sleeping.
Praise the Lord for these two insomnias
And the difference between them.



Post Edited (11-04-03 09:12)


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: ilza (200.162.243.---)
Date: November 04, 2003 09:24AM


and back ...

When you're away, I'm restless, lonely,
Wretched, bored, dejected; only
Here's the rub, my darling dear,
I feel the same when you're here.

Samuel Hoffenstein



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To move, at least temporarily, from the ridiculous towards the sublime, here's a translation from Rumi that I like:

When you are away I cannot sleep,
And when you're here the night is not for sleeping.
Praise the Lord for these two insominas
And the difference between them.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: appgrrl (---.student.appstate.edu)
Date: November 11, 2003 08:35PM

Engraved on the Collar of a Dog (Which I Gave to His Royal Highness)

I am his Highness' dog at Kew.
Pray tell me Sir, whose dog are you?

~ Alexander Pope

News Item

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

~ Dorothy Parker


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: jjn (---.tu.ok.cox.net)
Date: November 13, 2003 05:09PM

a short poem by william carlos williams whose title is longer than the verse:

To Be Closely Written on a Small Piece of Paper which Folded into a Tight Lozenge Will Fit Any Girl's Locket

Lo the leaves
Upon the new autumn grass -
Look at them well....!


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.MCLNVA23.covad.net)
Date: November 13, 2003 08:03PM


Mishy-phen

Last summer a lady walked by
some hunks on the beach and said hi-
phuggers are fun in July.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.temp.da.uu.net)
Date: November 16, 2003 09:43AM

Two Cures for Love
by Wendy Cope

1. Don’t see him. Don’t phone or write a letter.
2. The easy way: get to know him better.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.temp.da.uu.net)
Date: November 29, 2003 09:41AM

When I have fears that I may cease to be
I go and make myself a cup of tea.

--Margaret Rogers


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: Jean-Paul (205.233.28.---)
Date: December 01, 2003 08:44PM

I think; therefore, I am.

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: December 02, 2003 03:10PM


Ain't a pome.

Descartes to a tavern was drawn;
Took a table outside, on the lawn.
Said the serving wench, 'Dear,
Would you care for a beer?'
'I think not.' And like that, he was gone.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Jean-Paul (205.233.28.---)
Date: December 02, 2003 08:44PM

Love that one Hugh.
Wasn't what I expected from you.

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: joseph torelli (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: December 03, 2003 04:57PM

Here's a couple by Belloc that I've always liked:

Lines On A Christmas Card

May all my enemies go to hell,
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel.


On A Dead Hostess

Of this bad world the loveliest and best
Has smiled and said "Good Night," and gone to rest.


...And one by Benjamin Franklin, of all people:

Quatrain

Jack, eating rotten cheese, did say,
Like Samson I my thousands slay;
I vow, quoth Roger, so you do.
And with the self-same weapon too.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: rikki (---.carlnfd1.nsw.optusnet.com.au)
Date: December 03, 2003 07:31PM

A couple from Douglas Florian -


First things first, last things last.
Hours pass slowly, years pass fast.


Send my spinach off to Spain.
Parcel post it on a train.
Mail it, sail it on a ship.
Just don't let it touch my lip.


Re: Shortest ?
Posted by: rikki (---.carlnfd1.nsw.optusnet.com.au)
Date: December 03, 2003 07:33PM

and sometimes -

I doubt; therefore I might be.


How's this?
Posted by: Jean-Paul (205.233.28.---)
Date: December 03, 2003 09:18PM

Hi Ho
Hi, Ho
It's off to work I go


or

I owe
I owe
It's off to work I go

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"


Re: How's this?
Posted by: rikki (---.carlnfd1.nsw.optusnet.com.au)
Date: December 03, 2003 10:35PM

And there ain't no trick to get rich quick -
You gotta dig dig dig, with a shovel and a pick.

r smiling smiley


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: Tempest (218.242.104.---)
Date: December 03, 2003 11:28PM

In days of old, when knights were bold,
and hot dogs weren't invented,
they squirted mustard on their custard
and went along contented.


The "real" versionsmiling smiley :

In days of old, when knights were bold,
and condoms weren't invented,
they tied a sock around their jock
and babies were prevented.


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: glenda (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: December 04, 2003 10:29AM

One Christmas I received a plain envelope with the following scrawled in pencil on a piece of yellow tablet.

Times are tough.
Times are hard.
Here's your damned old Christmas card.


Re: How's this?
Posted by: Jean-Paul (---.nt.net)
Date: December 04, 2003 11:34AM

Why me?
I'm free

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"


Re: Short Poems
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: December 05, 2003 11:55AM

One of the best and most prolific writers of short aphoristic poems (which he called 'Grooks') was the late Danish polymath, Piet Hein. He wrote thousands in English. They are consistently brilliant, so this thread could become very long just quoting him! Here are two examples:

NOTHING IS INDISPENSABLE
(Grook to warn the universe against megalomania)

The universe may
be as great as they say.
But it wouldn't be missed
if it didn't exist.


WHO AM I?

Who am I
to deny
that maybe
God is me?




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