03-01-2014, 03:32 PM
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Inspired by Johnny's thread from a while ago, I decided to try a monthly thread on poems.

Feel free to add your own favourites here, as you like.

Here are a couple of poems to think about this March:

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.


And, on a lighter note:

Ogden Nash

(Advice to young husbands)

To keep the marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup
Whenever you're wrong, admit it
Whenever you're right, shut up!

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 03-01-2014, 03:54 PM
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Jelaluddin Rumi

All day and night, music,
a quiet, bright
reedsong, If it
fades, we fade.

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 03-01-2014, 04:04 PM
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(We had a complete set when I was a kid.)

Yard Sale
by George Bilgere

Someone is selling the Encyclopedia Britannica
in all its volumes,
which take up a whole card table.

It looks brand new, even though it must be sixty years old.
That's because it was only used a couple of times,
when the kids passed through fifth grade
and had to do reports on the Zambezi River
and Warren Harding.

Der Fuhrer was defunct.
The boys came home,
and everybody got the Encyclopedia Britannica,
which sat on the bookshelf
as they watched Gunsmoke
through a haze of Winstons.

these people grew old
and were sent to a home
by the same children who once wrote
reports on Warren Harding.

And now the complete and unabridged
Encyclopedia Britannica,
bulging with important knowledge,
is sitting on a card table in a light rain.

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 03-01-2014, 05:35 PM
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I had a set until late last year. It hurt to get rid of it, but even I had to acknowledge that I rarely used them. It's so much easier to get information online.

I used to browse them as a kid. I'll miss them.

Sent with respect.

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 03-01-2014, 05:47 PM
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i'm a happy buzzy bee
making journeys on the sea

i was born when i was old
taught by master brave and bold

later on i found out that:
i had a land beneath my hat

i travel freely in my mind
does not care if i get blind

i think the voyage is the goal
does not forget to nurse my soul

learn one thing and do it best
then one can fly above the nest

in the mirror what do i see?
a lonesome little buzzy bee?

i am forced to ponder future
confused by urban anti-nature

in ancient times we were the same
if you think i'm wrong you're not to blame

sea of power from a flower feeds my brain
no - i'm not insane

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