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Favourite poems

Post by Stardust on Fri 21 Oct 2016 - 14:18

As I wrote in another thread, this is one of my favourite poems.

IF
by 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 impostors 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!



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Lest we forget

Post by Stardust on Fri 11 Nov 2016 - 9:19

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

If I should die, think only this of me:
that there's some corner of a foreign field
that is forever England. There shall be
in that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
a dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
a body of England's, breathing English air,
washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home;
and think, this heart, all evil shed away,
a pulse in the eternal mind, no less,
gives somewhere back the thoughts of England given;
her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
and laughter, learnt of friends: and gentleness,
in hearts at peace, under an English heaven.



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Re: Favourite poems

Post by bimbow on Fri 11 Nov 2016 - 22:16

Here's a rather good one from the "Twitter Poet".  Don't forget to follow the instructions.

REFUGEES

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

Brian Bilston

Some of the more amusing ones are posted on Skeps Forum  -  http://skepsforum.prophpbb.com/topic1105.html

Others here  -  https://brianbilston.com/



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Re: Favourite poems

Post by Stardust on Sat 12 Nov 2016 - 19:29

That's brilliant.
purr



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Re: Favourite poems

Post by Whiskers on Sun 13 Nov 2016 - 11:34

bimbow wrote:Here's a rather good one from the "Twitter Poet".  Don't forget to follow the instructions.

REFUGEES

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

Brian Bilston

Some of the more amusing ones are posted on Skeps Forum  -  http://skepsforum.prophpbb.com/topic1105.html

Others here  -  https://brianbilston.com/


Ingenious  :thumb:
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Re: Favourite poems

Post by bimbow on Wed 8 Feb 2017 - 22:15

A recent poem from Brian Bilston.


As I Grow Old I Will March Not Shuffle




As I grow old
I will not shuffle to the beat
of self-interest
and make that slow retreat
​​​to the right.

I will be a septuagenarian insurrectionist
marching with the kids. I shall sing
‘La Marseillaise’, whilst brandishing
homemade placards that proclaim
‘DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING’.

I will be an octogenarian obstructionist,
and build unscalable barricades
from bottles of flat lemonade,
tartan blankets and chicken wire.
I will hurl prejudice upon the brazier’s fire.

I will be a nonagenarian nonconformist,
armed with a ballpoint pen
and a hand that shakes with rage not age
at politicians’ latest crimes,
in strongly-worded letters to The Times.

I will be a centenarian centurion
and allow injustice no admittance.
I will stage longstanding sit-ins.
My mobility scooter and I
will move for no-one.

And when I die
I will be the scattered ashes
that attach themselves to the lashes
and blind the eyes
of racists and fascists.


https://brianbilston.com/



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Re: Favourite poems

Post by Kitkat on Wed 8 Feb 2017 - 23:12

bimbow wrote:A recent poem from Brian Bilston.

As I Grow Old I Will March Not Shuffle

I love it!

(Not just the title - I mean the whole poem). :thumb:

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