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Old 08-04-06, 03:02 AM   #1
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The poetry thread

As Mars needs women, so does Foo need poetry. I propose a poetry thread -- each poem written in response to the specifications given in the preceding post. Any form of poetry is welcome, and specifications can be as general or as a specific as each poster wishes. So, for instance, someone might demand a four line poem with an A-B-A-B rhyme scheme about the effects of affirmative action policies in Soviet Central Asia in the 1930s, and I could write:

Minorities, 'neath Russian rules
now fewer Moscow leaders see.
With alphabets and formal schools,
the Uzbeks, Kazakhs, slowly free.

As you can see, it doesn't have to be particuarly *good* poetry, though that would be a bonus.

Ok. To start, I'd like someone to write a haiku (5 syllables - 7 syllables - 5 syllables, no rhyming necessary) about table lamps. Any takers? And remember to include a specification for another poem after your contribution.
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Old 08-04-06, 07:24 AM   #2
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it sits on the end
with a bulb that needs changing;
a firefly waiting



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Old 08-04-06, 07:45 AM   #3
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I woke up this morning to see
That I really needed coffee
I clicked on a thread
And found she was "dead"
They said it was due to Aussies.


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Fighting on threads
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Old 08-04-06, 08:13 AM   #4
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it sits on the end
with a bulb that needs changing;
a firefly waiting...

Dex, How flattering. A poem about me on most club rides. You could title it - "The Lanterne Rouge".

I'll add some poetry if you promise that I don't get hit up with offers to include my poem in the latest copy of a book that I can purchase for "only $49.99 = shipping and handling".
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oh - I have to write one about fighting on threads. I could choose mortal combat between spider and fly, or go with what you really meant.

You spelled "there" wrong,
my less than friend,
twas how it started -
now will it end?

Invectives choke the server now,
"Moron", "loser", "swine" and "jerk".
Faces red and fingers raw,
Two members now have gone beserk.

Thankfully, a mod steps in,
with the response canned,
"Knock it off right now,
or you'll both get banned".

My request. Something about nature and butterflies - make it a limerick.
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Old 08-04-06, 08:42 AM   #6
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My request. Something about nature and butterflies - make it a limerick.
What is that that I see?
Why it's a butterfly flying toward me.
It approaches me where I stand.
I reach out and hold it in my hand.
And SQUISH as I smash it against a tree.

(My very 1st attempt at poetry.)

My request: something about medieval battles
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Old 08-04-06, 10:22 AM   #7
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Road rashes are red,,
Pedal bruises are blue,
I suck at making poems,
and laugh at me you'll do.

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Old 08-04-06, 10:25 AM   #8
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Here I sit, broken hearted
Tried to.... Um, wait. Let me just stop there

How about:

There once was a man from Nantuck... er no that wont work either damn

Forget it
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Ha Ha! You can't be bad anymore!!!!!!!!!...........heee heeee!
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Old 08-04-06, 10:42 AM   #10
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No way... I'd have posted just like that red or blue Phhhhhtttt
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Heres one my shooting buddy and fellow Wild Bunch lover wrote about the movie when we were in high school. I've never liked poetry, but I do get a kick out of this one-

The dark and shady bunch walks on back
Then all of a sudden a deafining crack
They were no match for there 1897s
Nor their model of 1911s
Outlaws down, their frowns upside down
They dissapear as fast as they entered this town.
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All right, I'll take up mac's request...

A trebuchet, so it is said,
Could easily fling by the head,
A cow decomposed
O'er city walls closed
And within them pestilence spread.

Meh. Quantity over quality!

I'd like to see a four line free-verse poem about aliens.
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Here you go gbcb-

The soldiers welded off the doors,
But in the ceiling the monsters came through on all fours
The colonial marines did their best
But now they all lay at rest
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There was once a man from Nantucket
He had a chicken and tried to pluck it
it bit his hand
it kicked his can
and now he is wishing he stuck it.
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Old 08-04-06, 01:06 PM   #15
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Since last poster (and previous) didn't specify next poem, I'm kick in an old one I wrote in my teen days.

We the People

The Earth
Reigning, Ruling
Perpetual, Endless
Colorful, Fresh
Beautiful, Serene
Mountains, Valleys
Oceans, Deserts
We the Wondrous People

The World
Mocking, Usurping
Stopping, Ending
Dark, Rank
Polluted, Aggressive
War, Murder
Ozone, Homeless
We the Dying People

She was there in the dawn, strong and powerful.
Then the insects came and perverted her, but they will eventually die.
Only She will live to see the dusk.



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Old 08-04-06, 03:26 PM   #16
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Disturbance caused me in my sleep
To awaken from my dreams
Noises harsh faintly seeped
And brought me to my feet

I stepped outside and looked afar
Straining my eyes to see
Whatever was beyond the trees
That had awakened me

A soft pale light whispered through
The fortress wall of leaves
My body ran before I knew
Just what was haunting me

Rushing, pushing
Panting, thrusting
Forth into the dark abyss

Searching, aching
Breathing, wanting
To see what was amiss

Finally I came upon a sight to see
A vessel strange and sleek
It was wide and long and round and smooth
It glowed a haze so uncommonly

At first I turned to run
But something stopped me in my tracks
"This can't be real its too absurd"
I thought and then it all went black

There I was once again at home
Laying in my bed
And I laughed out loud because what I saw
Was all just in my head



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Old 08-04-06, 04:30 PM   #17
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Quintessential Quickie Mart Haiku

pack of smokes please
marlboro reds in the box
and five bucks in gas

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^^^^^^^^Another person who can't read and follow directions.
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I'm going to send him to time out to think about what he's done!
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gbcb wanted me to write poetry
Told him I couldnt ryhme but he said that's no crime
So for ideas I thought of some of you
some of my gangs that hang in foo
I wondered about superdex
and if his helmet could flex
Ive been pretending to like rats
heard it migh come handy for the foo traps
I adore you stacey
on the poeple of foo have mercy
While boogs is romancing siu blue wind
The rest of the gang hope to catch her grin
there is always belly dancer shadiyah
making all the guys say "do you wanna"
there is a mysterious mask wearing man
who keeps the peace till the end
he is clever and seems to carry no sorrow
you guessed it, his name is zorro
our own favorite merton
seem to have the system conned
with faith from above on mac
I hope he finds some clothes before we all have a heart attack
in his humor Im very fond
yep, it's you my friend, higher ground
if you want to see a thread unfold as fast as a house of stix
just leave it up to catatonic
nobody devotes his life to laughter
more then serendipper
he could win a popularity contest by far
or a pie eating one, that karldar!
If I forgot you it wasnt cause you deserved no fame
perhaps it's just that I had a tough time rhyming your name
or maybe I just wasnt sure how to prononce
what do you expect? it's the thought that counts
All i can say if that this blonde chic loves you all
and if you need a friend, you know who to call
wait forget calling...Im not that blonde yet
you crazy people from the internet!
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Wings, food divine
spicyness so fine
the crunch of breading
the heat is spreading
no beverages for me
for I'm a chilihead, you see!

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OK I'll change it:

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What's on my bike? OK, another haiku:

No accessories:
Stripped down, flying through the streets
Nothing except me.

Request: I'll keep it simple. A rhyming couplet about your favourite ride.


Edit: Here's a thread derailment one:
The OP, me,
Tries valiantly,
To keep his thread on course,

But Foo's not tame,
And has no shame,
And I possess no force.

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My Favorite Ride

It begins in the morning
As I stretch with a yearning

To feel the streaming breeze

I check all my essentials
and ponder my potential

to ride more than a century

My steed is steadfast and waiting
But the route I am debating

Should I plot an unknown course?

Yet I know at the end of the day
I'll end at my favorite cafe

A route I shall not divorce



(forgive me, Thoreau)

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100 degrees in the shade
it's too hot to even think about getting laid
shirt stickin' to my back
don't ever want to smoke any more crack
time to get out of town
mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean
cool breeze in the trees
wind in my face
the city ain't the place
ice caps melting
sea level rising
why is it not surprising?
go on, keep on driving
you'll get yours
when you can't get any gas, even crawling on all fours.

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