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Poll results: Do you like poetry?

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  • Yes, quite a lot

    2 20.00%
  • I suppose so

    3 30.00%
  • poetry? you don't hear no one recitin' no poetry at the auto parts store

    0 0%
  • I don't really appreciate finer things like poetry or literature

    1 10.00%
  • Only the really good stuf

    2 20.00%
  • Poetry? Why do you hate America?

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    I'm a cat!
    That's right, a cat.
    Not a bat.
    Or a hat.
    Just a cat.

    I meow!
    meow
    meow
    meow

    I purr!
    purr
    purr
    purr

    If I don't like you I hiss
    or on your pillow I piss
    But If you are my friend or more
    I'll throw up at your door.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Every once in a while i make things rhyme.....

    This morning I've had a tune in my head, and these words work with it.....hence the rhyme. I don't usually rhyme....



    You can purchase a brand new start
    and you can keep up your silence in affairs of the heart.
    You can jump in the water
    marry his daughter
    and hope that it washes away all your sins -

    but you can never go home again.


    Walk these rooms with a blindfold on
    but the people you knew here will all still be gone.
    Late night stumbling and slamming doors
    accidental discoveries in dresser drawers
    all the dreams and the hopes and the losses and wins -

    but you can never go home again.



    - ursus
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    "The Deceiver"

    I hope...
    for things unseen.
    for new beginnings to old ends.
    for replies to questions asked.

    I hope...
    that my lies end.
    How artful I've become
    In the time together that we spend.

    Thirsty, with only one desire.
    A vampire, I embrace the night,
    Loathing the wretched liars.

    I drink the nectar of the dead.
    My alter egos converge.
    Intimately, we wed.

    A marriage born of pain.
    Misery in our minds,
    Wicked thoughts to be slain.

    The fiend I slew.
    Unholy lie I am,
    Through and through

    I hope...
    That my lies are seen.
    No slayer of thoughts am I.
    I still see her face at night,
    lonely in bed, I cry.
    "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    The planning cubicle

    Colorful choropleths;
    A collation of committee opinions
    forming a sturdy and imposing vertical pile
    of paper, data, and dictums
    pertaining to the art and science of how not to live
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    ^ ^ ^ ^

    Maister, Love the closing. Nice touch.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Cyburbian Plus Shellac And Vinyl VelocitY's avatar
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    "The Accidental Poem"

    Inadvertently wrote a (low quality) poem while replying to Dandy about her (First Class) Kitty:

    http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showt...l=1#post677482

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    Cyburbian btrage's avatar
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    Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets.
    "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"

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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets.
    You want to talk about Poetry... LFO are kings of wordsmithing...
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets.
    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    You want to talk about Poetry... LFO are kings of wordsmithing...
    This impromptu LFO love brought tears of joy to my eyes....how did you guys know I needed some LFO today?!?! I don't know whether I want to hug you or high-five you and then ride around in an old-school convertible looking "grainy" while the music plays, yo!
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Gnarled limbs of oak and fir
    Reach out to touch the sky
    Above my perch of matted grass
    So beautiful it makes me cry
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    A band that's so good should have someone to hear it
    But its going so fast it's hard to keep near it
    I'll put on a trailer, I know they won't mind
    If a man sits and listens while hitched on behind.

    - And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss. One of my favorite lines in all of poetry. Not sure why.
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    the truth

    i know what's coming
    i'm not a fool, just
    foolish

    she's grown too much
    to suffer me, and my
    excuses

    i know her mouth is
    speaking truth, it's just
    i can't hear

    because just like when we met
    my heart beats loud in my ears -

    and moves the lump in my throat.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Sent to me by my daughter, Tigerlily. Billy Collins is her favorite.


    Flames

    Smokey the Bear heads
    into the autumn woods
    with a red can of gasoline
    and a box of wooden matches.

    His ranger's hat is cocked
    at a disturbing angle.

    His brown fur gleams
    under the high sun
    as his paws, the size
    of catcher's mitts,
    crackle into the distance.

    He is sick of dispensing
    warnings to the careless,
    the half-wit camper,
    the dumbbell hiker.

    He is going to show them
    how a professional does it.


    Billy Collins
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    ursus, can you compose a poem about the last post on a page? Thank in advance
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    ursus, can you compose a poem about the last post on a page? Thank in advance
    Challenge accepted.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    Challenge accepted.
    Just a note, if it doesn't include Drunklage, you fail. I am saying it up front....
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Name

    In the back of your mind
    there is an itch
    or a tickle, that reminds you of
    what you might be missing
    while your eyes
    are elsewhere.

    Under the breath in your lungs
    is a hunger
    a thirst, that tells me
    you are less sure about what you know
    than your words
    string together.

    It all moves on without me
    but I'm here
    always waiting, wanting to be
    part of your today - your now - your moment
    call me anything
    but forgotten.

    I exact a price for existence
    I remain
    and persist, tax the total of your existence
    encumber your thought and
    entangle your context
    I want a name.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Once again, a great poem ursus. You have more talent than most at the poetry thing.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    It's Monday. We could all use a good poem by ursus right about now.

    Perhaps one with a Monday theme?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    You Can Love Me on a Monday

    Sunday evening dishes cleared
    and leaves like rain in windows
    Dinner steam still fogging glass
    and shady, darkling air will blow
    And settle a quiet place to sleep
    and fingers touch, pulses leap
    when there's nothing much left but Love to say.

    But I know that in only hours from now,
    I'll rise, and trip, and kick the cat
    and wallow in how i let you down
    and your mother thinks i hold you back
    So what is left is a messy house
    and empty pockets, wrinkled blouse
    I need to know if you can love me on a Monday.

    - ursus
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    snap snap snap snap snap snap snap snap
    “As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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    Hey, it's the 28th of October! That means it's time for ursus to take requests.

    Ursus, can you write a poem titled "Smoke and Mirrors"
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Hey, it's the 28th of October! That means it's time for ursus to take requests.

    Ursus, can you write a poem titled "Smoke and Mirrors"
    I'll do my best, Sir. Better give me a few minutes.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    Throw one out about junkyards for me, they seem to still be a bane of my existence around here.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    wanted something different, it's all that would come today. - ursus

    on Smoke and Mirrors

    I know it first as I hold your hand,
    and feel your blood moving -
    slurring where it should pulse.

    More clearly each time you call out,
    and it's just a call -
    not the wit that made me marvel.

    Should I not have noticed
    when I lifted you?
    You, who could hold me in one hand,
    lift a family on your back
    and shove the world out of the way-
    and I lift you to your new bed
    like an armful of clothes,
    like I am helping Mom with laundry.

    Just like you, to teach me a last thing -
    These bodies are a lie
    their strength will ebb
    their bones will bend
    and their heartbeats will flicker in
    a faded, white future.

    So it's not to be trusted, the life
    you think is yours, and you know -
    because you're seeing the real
    while I still choke on
    God's smoke,
    and his mirrors.


    - ursus
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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