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  • Rookie Joseph Daly (12/8/2005 6:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies
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    For an excellent piece of Christmas verse can I suggest that you have a butchers at Amberlee Spurling's 'A Politically Correct Christmas Story.

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    • Rookie Mary Nagy (12/9/2005 6:30:00 AM) Post reply

      She is amazing for her age! You're right Denis..........that is a great poem. She really is a talented writer. Very impressive. Sincerely, Mary

    • Rookie Max Reif (12/8/2005 8:56:00 PM) Post reply

      I'll try to get there and read it. Shepherd wrote a nice piece about that the other day, too.

  • Rookie Michael Voorhis (12/8/2005 4:27:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    I am very suprised that with all of the different poets on here, Aldous Huxley has gone unnoticed here. He is a brilliant man and a brilliant poet. He didnt write insane amounts of poetry, but the 30 or so he did are absolutely amazing. heres a website for anyone intrigued.
    http: //members.tripod.com/~Raincloud771/htm/huxley.htm

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    • Rookie Michael Voorhis (12/8/2005 4:48:00 PM) Post reply

      they do have a good number of quotes by him on this site though

    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/8/2005 4:38:00 PM) Post reply

      'Those members of a species least able to survive reproduce at the highest rate'.(Huxley) Add the climate of England and you can see how they are getting a lot of soldiers and taxpayers. Best H

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/8/2005 4:07:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    So how about the Greatest One-line Poem, for the Guinness Book of Trivia? There were some gems. Keep at it, folks... and when you get bored with general topics, how about The Best Christmas One-liner, The Best New Year One-Liner, etc?
    Here's a Christmas one to start you off:

    Why are my socks parcel-shaped after Christmas?

    No, you try...

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  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/8/2005 3:28:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Sure wish someone'd respond to my John F. Kennedy post, a few posts down. It brings up, for me, some really fascinating, subtle topics about psychology, that you poets could probably be insightful and eloquent about.

    (There. Have I flattered you enough? But I really WOULD like to see if anyone will engage the topic.)

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    • Rookie - 7 Points Mary Nagy (12/8/2005 8:25:00 PM) Post reply

      Max, I don't want to take your comment into the wrong direction...........but, we just watched quite a few movies on the assassination in my history class. Am I the only one that had no idea there ... more

    • Rookie - 7 Points Joseph Daly (12/8/2005 6:42:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Yes Max, I recall at school all the jokes about Bobby Sands during the Hunger Strikes. These were kids from Irish backgrounds. Ulrike does have a point, youngsters are too immature to cope with deat ... more

    • Rookie - 7 Points Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/8/2005 4:45:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I did, I did Max. We were very mature on that particular day,22 Nov 1963 and I am letting you have a glimpse. Best H

    • Rookie - 7 Points Michael Voorhis (12/8/2005 4:11:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I agree with Ulrike about how that is th ... more

  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (12/8/2005 2:06:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    you know, we can now discard unfavourable comments, send each other private messages, get notified by email of new comments or messages, discuss our concerns in the Forum, rate each other on our work, workshop, look up countless lyrics and quotes, however

    PoemHunter has not yet figured out how to eliminate the extra 'p' in dropp, nor add the final 'e' to delet.

    and in spite of her flaws, i still love her!
    PoemHunter.Com, you sweet bitch, you've ruined me!

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/8/2005 3:47:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      Jake, you advisedly used the word 'discard' instead of PH's other bogey-word - 'delete'..

    • Rookie Ernestine Northover (12/8/2005 3:44:00 PM) Post reply

      Thank you a.jacob because I couldn't understand why I deleted the second P in dropp and it was back again in full force, I tried quite a few times and in the end substituted another word, which wasn't ... more

  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (12/8/2005 11:07:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Fellow Poets and Gatherers,

    a bit off track here, but if you could get into the Guinness Book for any one of your talents (besides poetry) , what would it be?

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    • Rookie Joy Vanderhelm (12/10/2005 8:06:00 AM) Post reply

      Sex, definitely something to do with sex. Maybe for the most amount of positions employed in a single night? ? :))

    • Rookie Michael Voorhis (12/8/2005 3:01:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      This isnt as witty as the other replies, but if I couldnt make it in for poetry, I would choose to be in it for art

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/8/2005 1:23:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      Most shameless promoter of own self-referential verse? Quickest deleter of adverse comment? Maximum number of words in English dictionary employed regardless of context?

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/8/2005 9:42:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    on JFK (suggested by Ulrike's Lennon post) :
    Note: The interesting part below is BELOW the asterisks. The first two paragraphs are unremarkable.

    when Kennedy died I was in Latin class in high school. We only heard he'd been shot, I think. The teacher, a prim, kind, elderly lady, said in a compassionate voice that we could just put our heads down on our desks if we liked, and rest...

    afterward, I was in the locker room at soccer practice. By then we knew, I think, that he was dead. The next 3-4 days was that national ritual of staying home watching TV, including seeing Jack Ruby shoot Oswald right on the screen; then the Kennedy funeral with the riderless, black (I think) horse, his little son (now himself departed) saluting, etc...

    After 42 years, should I share that one of my friends there in the locker room that day did a 'Kennedy imitation'? (Remember how those were popular with comedians and practically everbody? Heck, my mother was trying to make my whole life, haircut and all, a Kennedy imitation) . My friend lay sprawled on a locker room bench, like he was dead.

    God, I think I laughed then and felt horribly guilty, and that it was all horribly inappropriate. I still almost felt I shouldn't mention it, all these years later. But in a way it's the most interesting 'unfinished' part of my memories. We've properly mourned John Kennedy, and I still cry at certain newsreels and such. But my friend's behavior was so crashingly inappropriate! And yet, looking at it honestly, so funny.

    Any comments or analyses? Was my friend just a sickie? I usually approve of irreverance, but there may be times when balanced minds are subdued and flippancy is not an appropriate emotional choice. It's all very interesting.
    That particular friend was being raised by his mom, alone. But my impression is that he's 'turned out ok', made a transition to adulthood...

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    • Rookie - 7 Points Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/8/2005 4:43:00 PM) Post reply

      I was sitting in the community room of our Pension in Germany where High School students from out of town were boarding. Ours was a farmer and butcher so we did get the proper high cholesterol brain f ... more

  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (12/8/2005 9:08:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Nikhil Parekh, it's too bad that you're unable to hear criticism of any kind.

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  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (12/8/2005 6:54:00 AM) Post reply | Read 6 replies

    'and we all shine on/like the moon and the stars and the sun.'

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    • Rookie Poetry Hound (12/8/2005 7:47:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Interesting how 'Imagine' is the one that's always used as the 'theme song' for Lennon. He wrote so many other good ones, like 'Instant Karma' with its way cool drum fills.

    • Rookie Max Reif (12/8/2005 7:41:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      That's a great line, though, Jake! I used to play the song, 'Instant Karma'. I like it a lot. 'Across the Universe', too. Lennon wrote some fine metaphysical songs. What a compicated guy!

    • Rookie Max Reif (12/8/2005 7:39:00 AM) Post reply

      Oh, sorry. Yes, Michael thought you were responding to his call for 10-word (or less) poems (see page 2) . I recognized the quote, but then I accepted Michael's understanding of the purpose of your p ... more

    • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (12/8/2005 7:34:00 AM) Post reply

      John Lennon was shot and killed this day ... more

    • Rookie Max Reif (12/8/2005 7:31:00 AM) Post reply

      if pears were round, would apples still ... more

    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/8/2005 6:58:00 AM) Post reply

      Moonshine? H

  • Rookie Ulrike Gerbig (12/8/2005 4:29:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    for those who are interested:

    my second poetry collection ' love in all the right places' can now be ordered at www.amazon.co.uk
    strangely enough it is to be found under 'ulli gerbig' (and not ulrike gerbig) .

    my first collection 'every woman's blues' can be found there as well...under its title, not under my name.

    thanks for reading and caring for my poems,


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    • Rookie John Kay (12/8/2005 8:17:00 AM) Post reply

      In looking for your book, I discovered a website called Dead Drunk Dublin, where your poems are featured. I read and enjoyed each. You really do know how to distinguish between fire and ice. I'll keep ... more

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