Poetry....got any good ones?

Kaleidopete

Well-Known Member
A favorite of mine.

There's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see you.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and
inhale cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that he's in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever,
I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.

I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there,

I haven't quite let him die
and we sleep together like that
with our secret pact

and it's nice enough
to make a man weep,
but I don't weep,
do you?

Charles Bukowski
 

MissJR

not in the mood for your shenanigans
Team MTBNJ Halter's
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
T.S. Eliot

http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html

It's pretty long so here's a couple of my favorite lines:

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?


No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.
 

jmanic

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
Staff member
JORBA.ORG
Team MTBNJ Halter's
A favorite of mine.

There's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see you.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and
inhale cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that he's in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever,
I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.

I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there,

I haven't quite let him die
and we sleep together like that
with our secret pact

and it's nice enough
to make a man weep,
but I don't weep,
do you?

Charles Bukowski
Funny, I don't know this one, but knew it was Bukowski by the second stanza.
 

jmanic

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
Staff member
JORBA.ORG
Team MTBNJ Halter's
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
T.S. Eliot

http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html

It's pretty long so here's a couple of my favorite lines:

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?


No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.
You left out the coffee spoons ;)
 

MissJR

not in the mood for your shenanigans
Team MTBNJ Halter's

EJphotos

Well-Known Member
I'm personally a fan of haikus.
Some of my favorite:

Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense.
Refrigerator.

Help me, I am trapped
in a haiku factory
Save me, before they
 

MissJR

not in the mood for your shenanigans
Team MTBNJ Halter's
sorry... former english major here:

"What God Did Not Plan On"
(by Stan Rice)

Sleep well, weep well, go to the deep well as often as possible.
Bring back the water, jostling and gleaming.
God did not plan on consciousness developing so well.
Well, tell him our pail is full and he can go to Hell.
 

Magic

Formerly 1sh0t1b33r
Team MTBNJ Halter's
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My favorite is probably Poe, but I always loved Frost's imagery. Although not a poem, Cask of Amontillado is one of my favorites.
 
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1speed

Incredibly profound yet fantastically flawed
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
T.S. Eliot

http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html

It's pretty long so here's a couple of my favorite lines:

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?


No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.


One of my all-time favorites ...

"I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker
And I have seen the eternal footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid."
 
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