A2K Favorite Poem Project

Laeknir Scrat
Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 10:25 am
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 02:38 pm
L├Žknir Scrat,

Very nice!
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Reply Tue 19 Aug, 2003 11:20 am
Scrat, interesting and unusual.

jjorge, thanks for the ESVM. Exquisitely expressed grief.
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2003 06:22 pm
This is a new "favorite poem."

Another reason why I don't keep a gun in the house

The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors' dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

--Billy Collins
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Reply Sat 30 Aug, 2003 09:13 am
A favorite since my father taught it to me as a small boy. The work of James Russel Lowell - though now hard to find in anthologies.

Alladin" by James Russell Lowell.

"When I was a beggarly boy,
And lived in a cellar damp,
I had not a friend nor a toy,
But I had Alladin's lamp;
When I could not sleep for the cold,
I had fire enough in my brain,
And builded, with roofs of gold,
My beautiful castles in Spain.

"Since then I have toiled day and night,
I have money and power, good store,
But I'd give all my lamps of silver bright
For the one that is mine no more;
Take, Fortune, whatever you choose;
You gave, and may snatch again:
I have nothing 't would pain me to lose,
For I own no more castles in Spain!"
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