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Daddy has a Harbor Seal

 
 
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:24 am
I was just assked for the story behind the Seal...

I had posted that story. Just went to look for it and couldn't find it, so it's on another forum which I no longer visit.

Short answer. My kids and my nieces were visiting and sort of tumbling about at my mother's on Cape Cod. I thought I heard one of them say 'Daddy has a (something) seal'.

Daddy has a something seal quickly became Daddy has a Harbor Seal.

Now... where would Daddy have such a thing? And why?

Daddy has a Harbor Seal
He keeps it in the freezer
He keeps it there for Mommy
He thinks that it would please her

Daddy has a Harbor Seal
He keeps it in the closet
If he can't get it back in time
He loses his deposit.

Those two just sort of came forth, unbidden. Within an hour I'd composed about a dozen. Mom sort of brings out that kind of nonsense...

That was nine years ago. I've now got around 1300 verses and maybe 200 illustrations and 800 or so sketched ideas. I carry a small notebook with me constantly (as you may recall) and that's where the Seals first go...
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:30 am
Daddy's host of harbor seals
Aren't packed into the freezer,
And mother wouldn't like that,
You know that, you silly geezer.

The harbor seals aren't closet-bound
Nor otherwise immurred.
They frolic in your fertile brain
Til their ditties have matured.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:30 am
Great tale Smile Smile
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:35 am
Daddy has a harbour seal,
It has a lovely tail.
But when you look beneath it
You can see that it's a male...
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:53 am
This **** can become an ear worm'

Thus proving the Barryesian Hypothesis that
the line between poetic obsession and insanity is fine indeed.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:59 am
Daddy had a harbour seal,
It loved to quote Macbeth
Until its eyes rolled round and round
And it drew its dying breath...
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 06:21 am
Well, I for one would love to see a sample sketch or three.
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 08:46 am
Daddy has a harbor seal
It's coming to our Seder
I really hope it's kosher
and likes our refrigerator
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 09:05 am
Onyxelle was the one who asked... Now she says I should publish.

Well, that's my 'Lottery Dream'. What I really want is the corner slot that The Far Side used to have.

I've scanned a few images and made a small booklet. Going to show it around... throw out some bait... see who nibbles.

Bait...

Daddy has a Harbor Seal
There's one thing that I hate
Dad makes me take it fishing
The Seal eats all my bait.
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drom et reve
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 09:22 am
I love them, SP; in a world ridden with 'conceptual artists' and angst-ridden half-poetry, your seal poems would shine as being something original... and FUN, which is what's missing from so many pieces of poetry to-day.

It need not be a dream; I think that you should try to have them published. If you were ever interested in being published in England, I have strong contacts with Faber & Faber, if you ever wanted an introduction...


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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 04:32 pm
yeh but a harbor seal. How bout a wolverine. Now thats funny

Daddy had a wolverine
and taught him how to beg
when it gets really hungry
he just gnaws off your leg
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 04:41 pm
I hear they actually found a live wolverine living in lower Michigan. When they captured it it started doing Michigan State jokes...
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:11 pm
yeh but at least it could catch a fooball
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 05:13 pm
Michigan State jokes--isn't that a triple-redundancy?
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colorbook
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2004 11:32 pm
Daddy has a harbor seal
Its coat is silky fine
It only eats fine caviar
And the best imported wine
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Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2004 12:04 am
Daddy has a harbour seal
and taught him to play poker
Daddy loses every round
Cause the seal palms the joker
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2004 06:13 am
Daddy has a harbour seal
it's fleece is white as snow.
Why a seal has a fleece
I really do not know.
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2004 06:14 am
Addicting, isn't it.

Listen up people... if you post a DHAHS poem here, may I have your permission to use it later? If I get this thing going, I'll send you the illustration that goes with...

Daddy has a Harbor Seal
And a handsome protrait too
And if you want one bad enough
I'll make one up for you.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2004 07:25 am
Daddy's Witty Harbor Seal
Inspires many a writer
Daddy's welcome to my work
May it make your future brighter
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2004 07:30 am
Daddy had a harbor seal
with pups, their noses rubbing
with profit to be made
the men will come a'clubbing
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