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  • Gill Fawdrey (5/11/2013 5:45:00 AM) Post reply

    I'm trying to find a poem from around the 1980's (I think) about the subjects girls were taught at school UNTIL the educators decided the subject had some value, at which point they stopped teaching it to girls. Obviously a feminist poem, given to me by a staunch socialist male teacher in the north of England. I know one of the verses is about learning languages, I think another may have been about medicine. Similar in tone and structure to the one " nobody spoke out for the Jews, etc" until " they came for you" .
    Can anyone help me?

  • Lucy Palladino (5/10/2013 7:58:00 PM) Post reply

    I can't seem to find this poem. I've seen it on a picture online but I have no idea where it has come from and who the author is. Here is the poem:
    A bed;
    Where most teenagers find themselves for 16 hours of the day,
    because they'd rather be asleep than
    deal with their problems
    And if sleep is for the weak,
    then teenagers are the weakest group
    It's a drug
    You close your eyes and just like that,
    you're gone and reality cannot touch you
    And if nothing was a priority,
    most of us wouldn't bother waking up.

  • Bonnie Tavernia (5/10/2013 4:30:00 PM) Post reply

    I'm trying to piece together a poem that my mother performed(I think) in school, or at least had to memorize and was wondering if anyone can remember this

    The old cooked stopped in sheer surprise
    for on the cellar floor,
    Were vegetables huddled, here and there
    in groups of three or four...

    We'll miss her so, we'll miss her so
    the little sweet beet wailed

    the onion cried,
    the cabbage hung her head...

    for the vinegar's mother was dead...

    We used to beg her to recite it to us and I've been trying for years to piece it together.

  • Mthoko Mpofaxa (5/10/2013 11:05:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Does anyone know where I can get Antjie Krog poems. I'm looking for two in particular, one about a cold winter with snow(kapok) & one called " 'n kaalvoet gedig" . Your help would be appreciated.

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    • Laura Burns (5/11/2013 8:22:00 AM) Post reply

      I googled her name and got a huge number of sites, some containing poems. These were in English, but I did not look at all of them.

  • Michael Vann (5/8/2013 1:32:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Some fifty years ago in high school I heard a poem that seemed to be an older woman telling how she would do things differently if she could do it all again.
    I am pretty sure the last line was " I would pick more flowers" and earlier in the poem the woman said she would do something like ignoring a " Keep of the Grass" sign and she would walk on the grass.
    I saw " Warning" by Jenny Joseph and that is not the poem - - -unless my memory has changed the poem so much I hardly recognize the original.
    The poet probably had a well known name - well enough that an English teacher exposed us students to this woman's poems.
    Leads anyone?

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    • Laura Burns (5/8/2013 1:39:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      This one, maybe?: I'd Pick More Daisies By Nadine Stair If I had my life to live over, I'd try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. ... more

  • Nic Hatch (5/2/2013 4:07:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    wondering if anyone has an idea on a poem that my Mother would like to find that she remembers from childhood - 70 yrs ago!
    the line I know is " what good is doing a kindness, if you do it a day too late."
    Features schoolchildren and a tramp (I think) called Old Grundy?
    any help appreciated.

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    • Laura Burns (5/2/2013 10:32:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      The poem is " A Day Too Late" by Clement Nugent Jackson Kind frinds this is my Berth day i ham seventy five yers old this day and i have Been verey ill a Long time and can scerce get abou ... more

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  • Sherry Polanski (4/30/2013 12:32:00 PM) Post reply

    Looking for Author and Title of a poem from childhood that includes: " Lock up your happy hours, store them in your heart. They will be a comfort if your world falls apart..." Unable to locate anything via Google or Bing.

  • Martin Cook (4/27/2013 11:16:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    When I was a boy I'm sure my Mother used to read me a Poem about a
    The Jailer and the Jaguar were walking in the rain
    the Jaguar with a swaguar the Jailer with a pain
    Can anyone tell me the author or where it came from?Please as I can't find it any where61421

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    • Bruce Dunlop (1/23/2014 6:07:00 PM) Post reply

      " and they were looking for cloths to mend but mostly for their wives, who had left them long ago to add colour to their lives...." and I can't remember any more or who wrote it I am afraid. ... more

    • Laura Burns (4/28/2013 2:55:00 PM) Post reply

      The poem is by Mervyn Peake and found in his book Rhymes Without Reason.

  • Sophia Engel (4/26/2013 8:29:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I read in a book a poem about A boy in Australia, the start goes something like this:
    There was a wild colonial boy
    Jack Doolan was his name
    Of poor but honest parents
    He was born in Castlemaine
    He was his fathers only hope
    His mothers pride and joy
    And dearly did his parents love
    The wild colonial boy

    Please Please Please answer! ! ! ! ! !
    Sophia Engel

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    • Laura Burns (4/27/2013 10:22:00 AM) Post reply

      There are several versions of this folk ballad. Here is one: There was a wild colonial boy Jack Doolan was his name, Of poor but honest parents he was born in Castlemaine. He was his father's o ... more

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