Favourite poem

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  1. Jimbob1989

    Jimbob1989 Registered Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    What are your favourite poems and why? if possible please post the poems here if you can find them

  2. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    In Flanders Fields a poem by Dr. 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.
  3. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    another one

    The Cremation of Sam McGee
    by Robert W. Service
    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales
    That would make your blood run cold;
    The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
    But the queerest they ever did see
    Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
    I cremated Sam McGee.

    Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
    Why he left his home in the South to roam ’round the Pole, God only knows.
    He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
    Though he’d often say in his homely way that he’d “sooner live in hell.”

    On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
    Talk of your cold! Through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
    If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn’t see;
    It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

    And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
    And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe,
    He turned to me, and “Cap,” says he, “I’ll cash in this trip, I guess;
    And if I do, I’m asking that you won’t refuse my last request.”

    Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no; then he says with a sort of moan,
    “It’s the cursed cold, and it’s got right hold till I’m chilled clean through to the bone.
    Yet ’taint being dead - it’s my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
    So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you’ll cremate my last remains.”

    A pal’s last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
    And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! He looked ghastly pale.
    He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
    And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

    There wasn’t a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
    With a corpse half hid that I couldn’t get rid, because of a promise given;
    It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: “You may tax your brawn and brains,
    But you promised true, and it’s up to you to cremate these last remains.”

    Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
    In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.
    In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
    Howled out their woes to the homeless snows - O God! How I loathed the thing.

    And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
    And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;
    The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
    And I’d often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

    Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
    It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the Alice May.
    And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
    Then “Here,” said I with a sudden cry, “is my cre-ma-tor-eum!”

    Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
    Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
    The flames just soared, and the furnace roared - such a blaze you seldom see;
    And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

    Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like to hear him sizzle so;
    And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
    It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don’t know why;
    And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

    I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
    But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near:
    I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: “I’ll just take a peep inside.
    I guess he’s cooked, and it’s time I looked”... then the door I opened wide.

    And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
    And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: “Please close that door.
    It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm -
    Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales
    That would make your blood run cold;
    The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
    But the queerest they ever did see
    Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
    I cremated Sam McGee.
  4. bigbuck

    bigbuck Registered Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Qld, Aus
  5. ~*Nat*~

    ~*Nat*~ Registered Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Germany/Ohio-USA ~ between two worlds
    For the spiritual ones.....

    I Believe In The Sun,
    Even When It Is Not Shining.

    I Believe In Love,
    Even When I Do Not Feel It.

    I Believe In GOD,
    Even When He Is Silent.

  6. Jimbob1989

    Jimbob1989 Registered Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    There's lots of things
    With which I'm blessed,
    Tho' my life's been both Sunny and Blue,
    But of all my blessings,
    This one's the best:
    To have a friend like you.

    In times of trouble
    Friends will say,
    "Just ask... I'll help you through it."
    But you don't wait for me to ask,
    You just get up
    And you do it!

    And I can think
    Of nothing in life
    That I could more wisely do,
    Than know a friend,
    And be a friend,
    And love a friend... like you.
  7. Cochise

    Cochise A missed friend

    Jan 26, 2003
    North Thoresby Lincs Good Olde England
    'Boots' was a baby rabbit,
    He was a friend of mine,
    His Mamma, Pappa and Brothers and Sisters,
    Had left him far behind,
    He came into our House,
    Brightened up a couple of days,
    Hey! Boots that baby Rabbit,
    How I wished you could have stayed.

    (The Beatles)

    Cochise, :cool:
  8. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

    Jun 28, 2004
    wilds of wv
    another favourite---my last :D

    The Raven
    Edgar Allan Poe

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door
    Only this, and nothing more."

    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
    And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
    Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow sorrow for the lost Lenore
    For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore
    Nameless here for evermore.

    And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
    Thrilled me filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
    So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
    "'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door
    Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;
    This it is, and nothing more,"

    Presently my heart grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
    "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
    But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
    And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
    That I scarce was sure I heard you" -- here I opened wide the door;
    Darkness there, and nothing more.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
    Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream to dream before;
    But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
    And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore!"
    This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word "Lenore!"
    Merely this and nothing more.

    Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
    Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
    "Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice;
    Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore
    Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;
    'Tis the wind and nothing more!"

    Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
    In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
    Not the least obeisance made he; not an instant stopped or stayed he;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door
    Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door
    Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
    By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
    "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven.
    Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore
    Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
    Though its answer little meaning little relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
    Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door
    Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
    With such name as "Nevermore."

    But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
    That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
    Nothing further then he uttered not a feather then he fluttered
    Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before
    On the morrow will he leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
    Then the bird said, "Nevermore."

    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
    "Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
    Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
    Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore
    Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
    Of 'Never-nevermore.'"

    But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
    Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
    Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
    Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore
    What this grim, ungainly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
    Meant in croaking "Nevermore."

    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
    To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
    This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
    On the cushion's velvet violet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,
    But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,
    She shall press, ah, nevermore!

    Then, methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
    Swung by angels whose faint foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
    "Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has sent thee
    Respite - respite and nepenthe from the memories of Lenore!
    Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!"
    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! prophet still, if bird or devil!
    Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
    Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted
    On this home by Horror haunted tell me truly, I implore
    Is there is there balm in Gilead? tell me tell me, I implore!"
    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    "Prophet!' said I, "thing of evil! prophet still, if bird or devil!
    By that Heaven that bends above us by that God we both adore
    Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
    It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore
    Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?"
    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked upstarting
    "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
    Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
    Leave my loneliness unbroken! quit the bust above my door!
    Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
    On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
    And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
    Shall be lifted nevermore.
  9. ~*Nat*~

    ~*Nat*~ Registered Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Germany/Ohio-USA ~ between two worlds
    (Just remember what happened ~ and what is now :) )

    Witches' Dance

    By light of Moon, I oft did hear,
    Their singing in the wood.
    Bright candle flames, like fireflies,
    Outside the Circle stood.
    They say the Witches gathered there,
    Wherein the dark did dwell,
    Afraid to meet within the light,
    The reasons I've heard tell.

    The Witches' dance, beneath the Moon,
    I would that I might go,
    To be so free and light of heart,
    And let my gladness flow.
    But the Witches passed beyond the mist,
    Some scattered, many dead,
    Their voices stilled, all laughter gone,
    The forest stained with red.

    The nights were full of emptiness,
    No Magick in the air.
    Much sadder was the world I knew,
    The forest much less fair.
    They promised to return some year,
    When portents would allow.
    There's changes in the wind these days,
    Perhaps the time is now.

    Earth power is awake again,
    And once more we are free.
    Our Magick has returned to us,
    In stream and field and tree.
    O who will dance the Witches' Dance,
    Within a forest glade?
    Come join the dance, as 'round we tread,
    And do not be afraid.

    words by Thistle Fire,
    ~traditional melody~
  10. dog

    dog Guest

    THE TOMB of the TROLLS
    By Katie Roselle

    Dedicated to SL & NT :D for those that remember them :ninja:
  11. Jimbob1989

    Jimbob1989 Registered Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I've hear that before dog, must have posted it previously.

  12. Fire-Ant

    Fire-Ant Registered Member

    Aug 19, 2004
    The Netherlands
    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Kraken[/font]

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]by Lord Alfred Tennyson
    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Below the thunders of the upper deep,
    Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
    His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
    The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
    About his shadowy sides; above him swell
    Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
    And far away into the sickly light,
    From many a wondrous and secret cell
    Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
    Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.
    There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
    Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
    Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
    Then once by man and angels to be seen,
    In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
  13. wildman

    wildman Registered Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    Home on the range.
    Re: Favorite poem

    High Flight

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silver wings. Sun ward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared an swung. High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft thought footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod the high unsurpassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.

    Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
    No 412 Squadron RCAF
    Killed 11 Dec 1941

    :eek: :D
  14. hayc59

    hayc59 Guest

    Mother, In Remembrance
    I'd gone through many hardships
    Some good times, and some bad.
    And you were always there for me,
    Cause no one else, is what I had.
    You loved me better than you could.
    You taught me how to sew.
    You taught me how to listen and love.
    To let my feelings show.

    But I'd never known a hardship.
    I'd never known real tears.
    Not until your sweet, kind words,
    Were far, gone from my ears.
    I lost the lessons that you taught me.
    Kept them locked away inside.
    I forgot how to listen, forgot how to love.
    Kept my tears behind my eyes.

    Looking at it now, I see,
    You were greater than I thought.
    The most important thing you taught me,
    Is not to let anything be forgot.
  15. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

    Jul 21, 2003
    Not really a poem. Old song.

    Life Gets Teejus, Don't It?
    (Carson Robison)

    The sun comes up and the sun goes down
    And the hands on the clock go round and round
    I just wake up and it's time to lay down,
    Life gets teejus, don't it.

    My shoe's untied, but, shucks, I don't care
    Cuz I recon I ain't a-goin' nowhere,
    I'd brush my teeth and comb my hair
    Just too much wasted effort.

    The water in the well gets lower and lower,
    Ain't had a bath in a month or more
    I've heard it said and I'm sure it's true
    That too much bathing will weaken you.

    Danged ol' mule, he must be sick.
    I jabbed him in the rump with a pin on a stick
    He hunched his back, but he wouldn't kick
    Something cockeyed somewhere.

    Hound dog's howling so forlorn
    Laziest dawg that ever was born
    He's howlin' 'cause he's settin' on a thorn
    Just too tired to move over.

    Well, the cow's gone dry and the hens won't lay
    And my well dried up last Saturday
    My troubles keep pilin' up day by day
    And now I'm gettin' dandruff.

    Roof's a-leakin' and the chimney leans,
    An' there's a hole in the seat of my old blue jeans
    Now I've et the last of the pork an' beans,
    Just can't depend on nothin'

    Mouse is gnawin' at the pantry door
    He's been at it now for a month or more
    When he gets through he'll sure be sore
    Cause there ain't a dang thing in there.

    Well, it's debts and taxes and pains and woes
    Aches and miseries and that's how it goes
    And now I'm getting a cold in my nose,
    Life gets tasteless, don't it.
  16. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Sep 21, 2003
    SW. Oklahoma
    My mom and dad

    From: It's a Magical World

    My mom and my dad are not what they seem.
    Their dull appearance is part of their scheme.
    I know of their plans. I know their techniques.
    My parents are outer space alien freaks!

    They landed on earth in spaceships humongous.
    Posing as grownups, they now walk among us.
    My parents deny this, but I know the truth.
    They're here to enslave me and spoil my youth.

    Early each morning, as the sun rises,
    Mom and dad put on their earthling disguises.
    I knew right away their masks weren't legit.
    Their faces are lined - they sag and don't fit.

    The earth's gravity makes them sluggish and slow.
    They say not to run, wherever I go.
    They live by the clock. They're slaves to routines.
    They work the year 'round. They're almost machines.

    They deny that TV and fried food have much worth.
    They cannot be human. They're not of this earth.
    I cannot escape their alien gaze,
    And they're warping my mind with their alien ways.
    For sinister plots, this one is a gem.
    They're bringing me up to turn me into them!
  17. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Sep 21, 2003
    SW. Oklahoma
    this one is nice

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  18. Jimbob1989

    Jimbob1989 Registered Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    A nice touch to the thread bigc :)

  19. Infinity

    Infinity Registered Member

    May 31, 2004
    Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

    Poem lyrics of Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village, though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it's queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there's some mistake.
    The only other sound's the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
  20. ~*Nat*~

    ~*Nat*~ Registered Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Germany/Ohio-USA ~ between two worlds
    Alright, this one doesn't really ryme, but I got it mailed to me by a friend and found it sooo sweet, I Kept it ! :) :oops: :)


    A girl asked a guy if he thought she was pretty.
    He said..."No".
    She asked him if he would want to be with her forever...
    And he said "No".
    She then asked him if she were to leave, would he cry.
    And once again...he replied with a "No"!

    She had heard enough...!

    As she walked away, tears streaming down her face,
    the boy grabbed her by her arm and said:
    " You're not pretty...You are Beautiful,
    I don't want to be with you forever...
    I Need to be with you forever,
    and I wouldn't cry if you walked away....

    I'd DIE ! "
  21. Jimbob1989

    Jimbob1989 Registered Member

    Oct 18, 2004

    Reminds me of certain events in my life unfortunately :'(

  22. Cochise

    Cochise A missed friend

    Jan 26, 2003
    North Thoresby Lincs Good Olde England
    Cochise sticks finger down throat....... :D :D :D :D...Poetry Good.....Self-pity....Not Good..... :D :D

    Cochise, :cool:
  23. hayc59

    hayc59 Guest

    now that brings tears to my eyes!! very nice Big-C
  24. MGD

    MGD Registered Member

    Oct 16, 2004
    N.Y. Mills, N.Y.
  25. Uguel707

    Uguel707 Graphic Artist

    Nov 9, 2002
    San Diego
    One of my favourite poem :) :

    Seamus Heaney

    My father worked with a horse-plough,
    His shoulders globed like a full sail strung
    Between the shafts and the furrow.
    The horse strained at his clicking tongue.

    An expert. He would set the wing
    And fit the bright steel-pointed sock.
    The sod rolled over without breaking.
    At the headrig, with a single pluck

    Of reins, the sweating team turned round
    And back into the land. His eye
    Narrowed and angled at the ground,
    Mapping the furrow exactly.

    I stumbled in his hob-nailed wake,
    Fell sometimes on the polished sod;
    Sometimes he rode me on his back
    Dipping and rising to his plod.

    I wanted to grow up and plough,
    To close one eye, stiffen my arm.
    All I ever did was follow
    In his broad shadow round the farm.

    I was a nuisance, tripping, falling,
    Yapping always. But today
    It is my father who keeps stumbling
    Behind me, and will not go away.
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