Favorite Poems (let's collect some)

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  1. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    Favorite Poems (let\'s collect some)

    I'll start (of course)!



    How Did You Die?
    Edmund Vance Cook
    1866-1932)


    Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
    With a resolute heart and cheerful?
    Or hide your face from the light of day
    With a craven soul and fearful?
    Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
    Or a trouble is what you make it.
    And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
    But only how did you take it?


    You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that?
    Come up with a smiling face.
    It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
    But to lie there -- that’s disgrace.
    The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce;
    Be proud of your blackened eye!
    It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts;
    It’s how did you fight and why?


    And though you be done to death, what then?
    If you battled the best you could;
    If you played your part in the world of men,
    Why, the Critic will call it good.
    Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
    And whether he’s slow or spry,
    It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
    But only, how did you die?
     
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    Dave,
    You and I are working at slightly different levels...
    I am going to a Dora the Explorer concert this afternoon with my 2 1/2 year old grand daughter - she is the big influence in my life right now. Here is one of our current fav's, although the alphabet and counting to ten is right up there. She also likes, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" but doesn't have all of the verses yet...

    The eeensy, weeensy spider
    Went up the water spout...
    Down came the rain,
    And washed the spider out!!

    Up came the sun,
    And dried up all the rain
    And the eensy, weensy spider
    Went up the spout again!!

    There are hand and body movements for the above but I don't have them mastered yet - she is teaching me tho /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     

  3. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    Ian

    How about Shel Silverstein's

    "Fleas"

    Adam
    Had 'em
     
  4. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    Dave,
    That is about my speed, Thanks, I like it!
    ian
     
  5. Buffalobob

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    My Favorite previously posted - Robert Frost The Road Not Taken

    Best tree hugging poem

    Best Opening verse - The Raven

    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 someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    " 'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door;
    Only this, and nothing more."
     
  6. royinidaho

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    One of my motivators:
    "And nothing to look backward on with pride,
    And nothing to look forward to with hope."
    -Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man

    With my children and now my grand children:

    I looked out the window and what did I see?
    Popcorn popping on the apricote tree!

    Spring had brought me a nice supprise,
    Popcorn popping right before my eyes!

    I could take an armful and maka treat
    A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet

    an on an on.....

    W/the hand motions its a fun one.....
     
  7. col48

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    I'm not a pheasant plucker
    I'm a pheasant plucker's son
    I'm only plucking pheasants
    till the pheasant plucking done.


    as i awoke this morning
    the room was calm and still
    there was a little Robin
    upon my window sill
    it sang so sweetly
    as i climbed from off my bed
    and then i closed the window
    and crushed its flaming head.
     
  8. Centre Punch

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    One fine day in the middle of the night,
    Two dead men got up to fight,
    Back to back they faced each other,
    Drew their swords and shot each other,
    A paralysed donkey walking by,
    Kicked a blind man in the eye,
    Knocked him through a two inch wall,
    Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.

    Ian.
     
  9. Buffalobob

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    Ian and Roy

    My favorite toddler book

    The Bear & the Fly by Paula Winter

    This is a wordless book and is the funniest book I have ever read. You make up the words and do all the sound effects and do the flopping over in the floor and smacking stuff. A well cared for hard cover version is worth $50.00. My copy had some applesauce spilled in it and got rolled on a couple of times so it is a little (or a lot) beat up.

    If you make your living telling big lies, excuse me, I mean serious literary stories, then this is the book for you.
     
  10. James H

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    [ QUOTE ]
    One fine day in the middle of the night,
    Two dead men got up to fight,
    Back to back they faced each other,
    Drew their swords and shot each other,
    A paralysed donkey walking by,
    Kicked a blind man in the eye,
    Knocked him through a two inch wall,
    Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.

    Ian.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Another version:
    One bright morning in the middle of the night,
    Two dead men got up to fight,
    Back to back they faced each other,
    Drew their swords and shot each other,
    A deaf policeman heard the noise
    And came and arrested the two little boys
    And if you don't think this storys true
    Go ask the blind man he saw it too.
     
  11. zingdingo

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    Dave,

    Thats a good one I haven't seen, glad you posted it.

    My favorite:

    If
    Rudyard Kipling

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!


    I memorized it in ninth grade for bonus points, and in my opinion are worse things to have bouncing around your head.

    Carl
     
  12. Dave King

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    zingdingo

    That was good, thanks.

    Here's one a fella at work memorized while doing hard-time in a Catholic highschool.

    Beware of Good Enough
    author unknown

    My Child, beware of "good enough,"
    It isn't made of sterling stuff.
    It's something anyone can do;
    It marks the many from the few.

    The flaw which may escape the eye,
    And temporarily get by.
    Shall weaken underneath the strain,
    And wreck the ship, the car, or plane.

    With "good enough," the car breaks down,
    And one falls short of high renown.
    My child, remember and be wise,
    In "good enough", disaster lies.

    With "good enough," the shirkers stop,
    In every factory and shop;
    With "good enough," the failures rest,
    And lose the one who gives the best.

    Who stops at "good enough" shall find,
    Success has left them far behind.
    For this is true of you and your stuff--
    Only the best is "good enough."


    (There are several variations of this, all are about the same... One might say any one of them is good enough.)
     
  13. Ian M

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    Just back from the "big" concert. Average standing height of attendees, about to your belt buckle - probably about three years old. Very loud, but no sign of pot-smoking, lighter-flicking, people jumping from the stage onto the crowd. Dora was hot, she can really sing and dance. Boots was very lifelike, considering an actor had to play a cartoon monkey. Lot's of characters, including the pirate pigs who stole the damn treasure chest, took it to Treasure Island. Fortunately Dora had a map... in her BACKPACK. The audience yelled out BACKPACK loudly enough to loosen some of the girders in the roof. Big problem thoughout - SWIPER kept doing his thing but there is a magic sentence that stops him cold. Roof about lifted each time the audience had to stop old Swiper from swiping Dora's stuff. Makes a person plumb hate those damn foxes...
    Have steel targets to shoot. Rifles to zero. Scopes to photograph. Shotgun slug test to shoot. Sun was shining, not much wind. Perfect day for shooting.
    Rather be holding that little two and a half year old while she participated in the concert. Wasn't a concert to her, it was the REAL thing /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Off topic Dave, but I thought you might enjoy hearing about my afternoon.
     
  14. LRHWAL

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    Ditto on Frost, my favourite favourite - particulalry "The Road Not Taken"

    Another favourite:

    William Henry Davies 1871-1940

    Leisure

    What is this life if, full of care
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows.

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance.

    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began.

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.


    And whilst I find the idea of Coleridge having related the vision of an opium induced dream a bit off putting, his Kubla Kahn (or a Vision in a Dream) has always been a favourite too. Although some of the somewhat colourful interpretations can spoil it a bit.

    Kubla Kahn

    Rudyard Kipling's "If" would struggle to make the list, though superb. At High School we were made to write it out hundreds of times as punishment (instead of lines).

    WL