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An extract from a poem written in honour of the playboy journalist Taki Theodoracopulos for his 80th birthday - mainly of interest for a certain detail which someone on this forum will, I'm sure, be more than happy to explain:

When just a pup, you were quite a slayer,
In the Davis Cup, a demon circuit player.
And it was on the courts you saw white lines that might
Go straight up your nose, keep you on your toes,
And up all night.
And in Gay Paree, or any city you were bored,
You’d call Odile or Zsa-Zsa, Joan Collins or
Ava…
Or Madame Claude.
You’re the top, you’re the sum of glamour.
And you were, even in the slammer,
And your yacht, HMS Bushido,
Does a lot, for your male libido,
You’re the fare at a Pug’s club dinner,
You’re as rare, as a Claremont winner.
At the end, when you meet your maker,
You’ll see your friends. All those sweet dictators,
As you kneel to pray, the Lord will say…



Sauce
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Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ...
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Something we talked about today..

"When I am old".

http://www.barbados.org/poetry/wheniam.htm
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In light of today's developments, I find this very meaningful ... Carpe Diem.

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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These days we are working on this one:

Moderation Is Not A Negation of Intensity, But Helps Avoid Monotony

Will you stop for a while, stop trying to pull yourself
together
for some clear "meaning" - some momentary summary?
no one
can have poetry or dances, prayers or climaxes all day;
the ordinary
blankness of little dramatic consciousness is good for the
health sometimes,
only Dostoevsky can be Dostoevskian at such long
long tumultuous stretches;
look what that intensity did to poor great Van Gogh!;
linger, lunge,
scrounge and be stupid, that doesn't take much centering
of one's forces;
as wise Whitman said "lounge and invite the soul." Get
enough sleep;
and not only because (as Cocteau said) "poetry is the
literature of sleep";
be a dumb bell for a few minutes at least; we don't want
Sunday church bells
ringing constantly.

John Tagliabue

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https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...aV-xewnfS1Faj3

B (If I should have a daughter) by Sarah Kay.

This goes doubly for me.
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In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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THE CORBIE

A corbie sits at the tap o' thon tree,
An' he's lookin doon wi' his black, black ee,
An' he's cryin' oot wi' a caw, caw, caw,
He cannae sclim up fur he's feart tae fa'.

Ma faither says it'll no be lang,
Before ah'm big and souple and strang,
Then ah'll sclim up and ah'll no fa'
An' ye'll see if the corbie cries caw, caw caw.

Fur ah ken his nest's at the tap oh thon tree,
That's why he's lookin' and cryin' at me,
Ma mither says it's a daft like ploy,
But ma faither could dae it when he was a boy!


I believe this is anonymous, but all children used to learn this in primary school in Scotland and still do.

I was awarded the Burns Federation Certificate for Excellence in the Recitation of Scottish Literature for performing this and another piece called The Scarecrow in 1971, I was 10
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Ogden Nash

The people upstairs all practise ballet
Their living room is a bowling alley
Their bedroom is full of conducted tours.
Their radio is louder than yours,
They celebrate week-ends all the week.
When they take a shower, your ceilings leak.
They try to get their parties to mix
By supplying their guests with Pogo sticks,
And when their fun at last abates,
They go to the bathroom on roller skates.
I might love the people upstairs more
If only they lived on another floor.
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Poetry Reading

poetry readings have to be some of the saddest
damned things ever,
the gathering of the clansmen and clanladies,
week after week, month after month, year
after year,
getting old together,
reading on to tiny gatherings,
still hoping their genius will be
discovered,
making tapes together, discs together,
sweating for applause
they read basically to and for
each other,
they can't find a New York publisher
or one
within miles,
but they read on and on
in the poetry holes of America,
never daunted,
never considering the possibility that
their talent might be
thin, almost invisible,
they read on and on
before their mothers, their sisters, their husbands,
their wives, their friends, the other poets
and the handful of idiots who have wandered
in
from nowhere.

I am ashamed for them,
I am ashamed that they have to bolster each other,
I am ashamed for their lisping egos,
their lack of guts.

if these are our creators,
please, please give me something else:

a drunken plumber at a bowling alley,
a prelim boy in a four rounder,
a jock guiding his horse through along the
rail,
a bartender on last call,
a waitress pouring me a coffee,
a drunk sleeping in a deserted doorway,
a dog munching a dry bone,
an elephant's fart in a circus tent,
a 6 p.m. freeway crush,
the mailman telling a dirty joke

anything
anything
but
these.

by Charles Bukowski
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The Manhunt (Laura's poem) by Simon Armitage.
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Social Distancing

by Tom aged 11 3/4

There was a young lady from Verona,
Who managed to catch the Corona
It began with a cough,
She got a bit hot,
And then her family disowned her.
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Easter Dayby Oscar Wilde

The silver trumpets rang across the Dome:
The people knelt upon the ground with awe:
And borne upon the necks of men I saw,
Like some great God, the Holy Lord of Rome.
Priest-like, he wore a robe more white than foam,
And, king-like, swathed himself in royal red,
Three crowns of gold rose high upon his head:
In splendour and in light the Pope passed home.
My heart stole back across wide wastes of years
To One who wandered by a lonely sea,
And sought in vain for any place of rest:
'Foxes have holes, and every bird its nest.
I, only I, must wander wearily,
And bruise my feet, and drink wine salt with tears.'
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Lemon Squash
If I was a lemon
I'd live in a hole
and all the world would cry

I'd talk to potatoes
And glare at the walls
and try to understand why
LARKIN
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One of my favorite poems...John Keats "Ode to a Grecian Urn"...

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