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The Man Who Liked Poetry...reposted for Denise

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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-06-1999 08:27 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer


I was seated comfortably last evening in my cozy den
Imbibing a bit of Longfellow and Keats and Byron when
I found myself in desperate need for a spot of company
Another soul with whom I could relax and just be me.

Thinking of not another lad to join me in my plan
And knowing of course, that woman is no substitute for man
After a half a dozen shots of Wrinkleberry rum
I found myself in Oscar Henry's Pet Emporium.

After screaming at the snakes and cursing at the cats,
Poo-pooing at the porcupines and raging at the rats,
Just when I'd decided that I could no longer bear it
My eyes were held transfixed upon - an avocado parrot.

Oscar Henry almost broke his neck getting to my side,
Strangling quite audibly a smirk he tried to hide
And said. "You are a man of class, that one can plainly see.
You've picked the only bird alive that recites poetry'"

Having been weaned on poet's milk since I could barely stand
And considering Heaven to be the gentle palm of Shakespeare's hand.
The sale was made and bird and I walked out into the night,
Excitement filling, chilling me with waves of sheer delight.

Seated again in my cozy den with bird perched on a chair
I waited at length to hear the words the parrot had to share
And said, "Dear bird, lift up your beak- and share your gift with me.
Bathe me in the sunlight of your golden poetry!"

"Effervescent elephants, elated with the eve..."
Sepulchral serpents slithering in syncopated style...
"What's this" I cried' "What balderdash flows from out yon beak?
Poetry is what I asked for. Begin anew, bird. Speak!"

"Prolyphame's protruberance paled princely, pallid pride ..."
With sanctifying sweetness the somber sultan stepped...."
Good grief!" I cried. Apparently poor bird had lost his brain
Pouring out with filthy breath words obviously insane.

Pouring out a small shot, in an effort to be civil,
I gave some to the creature saying, "An end to all this drivel!
Let me hear the words of Alger slide from off thy tongue"
And Longfellow and Whittier and Merriwether Young!"

"Culminating clouds whimpering like wailful, whispy whales ..."
"I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree!" I shrieked."
The austere anteater ate unbridled, ancopantic ants .....
"I am the captain of my ship. I am the master of my soul!", I squeaked.

"Fluorescent fluid flowed within the fairy-tale lake ....
"Honor the Light Brigade' Honor the charge they made' Noble 600!!"
Serenly slithering in the sewer the lazy Iizard leaped. . . . "
"Once upon a midnight dreary as I pondered weak and weary", I screamed!

We battled far into the night. My den was a dismal wreck
Till finally I grabbed the ingrate by its lying neck
And said, "Cruel bird, your worth to me has long since been undone'"
And scurried back to Oscar Henry's Pet Emporium.

"Take back thy bird! Return my coin"', I said with nasty scowl.
"I've come to see exactly why a bird is called a fowl!
This bird knows less of poetry than laymen know of pills.
Begone, I say! My books alone will cure away my ills'"

"Poetry's changed," M. Henry replied. "Nothing stays the same
And, if you want to criticize, my bird won't take the blame.
Take this list of names that fostered poetry's undoing.."
The names jumped off the page at me - McLeish, Sexton, Mckuen.

"But when", I cried, "shall they return - the Kiplings and the Poes
To break these chains and cast aside this paraplegic prose?
When shall Wordsworth reappear to make my spirits soar?"
Quoth the bird - and Oscar Henry - in unison, "Nevermore."


[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 10-06-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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1 posted 10-06-1999 08:38 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

extraordinary.........

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
caroline
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2 posted 10-06-1999 08:43 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Cracker, Balladeer?


Loved it!

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats
Michael
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3 posted 10-06-1999 08:45 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Truly awe inspiring work. I humbly bow to your talents.

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Michael Anderson

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He puts a rainbow in your heart.


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4 posted 10-06-1999 08:47 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Never say nevermore! There are Poe's aplenty in this place and quite a few Longfellows! (You are in the lead there!)
WhtDove
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5 posted 10-06-1999 08:48 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

WOW! I don't believe I came across this before! WOW!
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6 posted 10-06-1999 08:53 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I know what you mean! Very well done! Always a pleasure to read your work! MORE Evermore!


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Denise
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7 posted 10-06-1999 09:59 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Pepper, Caroline & WhtDove.

Michael, with your abilities, you bow to no one.

Why, Poet DeVine!!! (wink)

Glad you liked it, Denise.
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8 posted 10-06-1999 10:13 PM       View Profile for Soleil   Email Soleil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Soleil

hmmm...nifty and cute. With a touch of moralizing thrown in for good measure.
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9 posted 10-06-1999 10:25 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

And I to ring the bell for thee.
Sunshine
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10 posted 10-07-1999 03:59 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I missed it the first time. And no one has said "Polly wants some prose?"
Pufalove
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11 posted 10-07-1999 04:24 PM       View Profile for Pufalove   Email Pufalove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pufalove

Thank you for this repost. It is truly unbelievable, unbelieveable! I simply HAD to read it over and over! Awesome!

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O all ye powers that he implanted, Arise, keep silence no more; put forth the strength that he hath granted, your noblest work is to adore.

Iloveit
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12 posted 10-07-1999 04:28 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

oh gosh, this is excellent, I just love it, not what I expected from the title at all lolol
Balladeer
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13 posted 10-07-1999 04:30 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You all do inspire me to keep on going! Thank you all.
Andrew Scott
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14 posted 10-07-1999 06:30 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sir Balladeer: Once again you put before us a level of quality to aspire towards. A fine bit of humor and truth in this one. And I must say the parrot will always be a poor choice of companionship regardless of its speech, for it can only regurgitate and not create. You strike me as a man who requires the latter. Thanks again, I bow to you and yours.
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15 posted 12-07-2001 09:12 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

Hehehe I could see this unfolding before my eyes......this was great!!!!!!!!!!

I can see when I dig in the archives is when I find such treasures as this!!!!!


Bridgette

[This message has been edited by Justbleu (edited 12-07-2001).]

 
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