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Some words for Sy

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 11-23-1999 12:38 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This poem is being posted by Virginia Scheffey, Elizabeth's sister-in-law.

Some Words for Sy

The poet's poet, slick and sly
The English language would defy
No dappled steed can match his speed
At pulling words the mind to feed

For Sy is so above the rest
Vocabulary to the test
Inventing rhyme, inventing word
That no one ever, ever heard

I speak not only for myself
But Dictionary on the shelf
For every time I read this Muse
It simply shivers in its shoes

Cover torn and pages weary
Wonders why the massive query
Panics as I search a word
The Dictionary never heard

And Sy up in his ivory tower
Dropping words like tropic shower
Rebuking Greek Mythology
Revamping etymology
Redefining old glottology
With simply no apology
He flourishes in verbal power

He brandishes linguistic grace
Puts Noam Chomsky in his place
And former bards from former days
Gaze through linguistic mistic haze

He radiates the darkest dark
He captivates the meadow lark
He imitates the feeding shark
With frenzied phrase of vision stark

Aesthetic notion rules his hand
And phonics bow at its demand
It waves its magic verbal wand
And sprinkles words of which you're fond

Then when he's got you in his grasp
He slowly turns the vice's clasp
And slyly pens eccentric word
That word you never, ever heard

I am simply quite confused
And certainly not the least amused
You'd think he'd show some sympathy
For a simple poet just like me

I can almost see his face
A smirk my pen would sure erase
Basking in his childlike glee
And gloating at my ennui

But I have got some words for him
My patience doesn't run that thin
A verse not meant to show regret
This epoppee's flotsome ennui of Kismet

Elizabeth Santos

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1 posted 11-23-1999 12:49 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

What did y'all say? LOL...keep it simple for us simpletons, eh?

Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
Member Caelestus
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Listening to every heart

2 posted 11-23-1999 02:58 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Rats. I gave a wonderful retort to the both of you, then it wouldn't go through, and now the words are lost...double rats.

Great job to the're keeping each other on your toes.

And thanks, Virginia, for posting for Elizabeth.
Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 11-23-1999 06:51 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin


Again I've got sand in my eye

You have showered me with roses petals
And have even picked away the nettles.
How in heaven can I brew,
A bouquet of flattery as clever as you.

You made me sigh you made me cry
I even heard a laugh go bye.
I cannot top your elegance
Not even if I were a prince.

Some you said not true you know
But even if it were quit so
I think myself a simple man.
That is as much as I can.

I do not bask in child like glee
Nor do I feel your ennui.
I see a twinkle in your eye.
I feel your mind in quick reply.

So I prescribe each day with jam,
You tell me just how grand I am.
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