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  • Rookie Susan Banks (10/11/2007 3:50:00 PM) Post reply
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    Has anyone heard from SGT Daniel Chapman, a poet soldier currently in Iraq and listed on this site as TEARS FROM A SOLDIERS EYES? I have been trying to get in touch with him since August and am really worried. If you have heard from him after August 8,2007, please post a note here to that effect, just to ease my mind. And if you are able to contact him by other than a 'message to the poet' please let him know that Kim is trying to reach him under the account of Susan Banks. Daniel is just a friend I met on this site who I believe will someday be an accomplished poet. Thanks.

  • Rookie Elena Nash (10/8/2007 7:50:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    In my previous message the Russian text didn't get through. Any advise how and where I can ask to help me finding lines of Russian poetry in English versions?

    Thank you,

    Elena Nash

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    • Rookie Laura Burns (10/8/2007 8:26:00 PM) Post reply

      Some poems by Pasternak are at: http: //www.friends-partners.org/friends/culture/literature/20century/pasternak11.html

  • Rookie Ashish Shukla (10/6/2007 7:12:00 PM) Post reply

    Ive been reading a book for gr12 english called 'Not Wanted on the Voyage', by Timothy Findley. I need to a find a poem or two that can be linked to the theme of the story, if anyone's read the story if you could find some poems that relate to it, if not poems on religion, animals, weather, fanaticism, etc... also this book is the story of noahs ark if that helps.

    thanks a lot

  • Rookie Caitanya Pownall (10/6/2007 6:12:00 AM) Post reply

    does anyone know where i can find john foster's poems?

  • Rookie John Davis (10/4/2007 10:49:00 PM) Post reply

    I've been looking for comic poems, preferably short ones, for reading aloud in a workshop I conduct for people with MS (me too) . If anybody can direct me to some I would appreciate it.

  • Rookie Colin Mcfadden (9/29/2007 2:59:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hey all, I was watching an Olympic documentary, and they quoted an unknown poet, I don't know if it's an entire poem, but I can't quite recall the quote, it was something like:

    'I walk this road only once, therefore all the good I might do must be done now? '

    I can't really recall it after that very first part, if you know the entire quote, please let me know, that would be fantastic, thanks!

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    • Rookie Laura Burns (9/29/2007 4:27:00 PM) Post reply

      Possibly, “If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” This is ascribed to various authors ... more

  • Rookie Helen Sawyer (9/26/2007 11:30:00 AM) Post reply

    Looking for a poem that I read in a poetry book in primary school. It has a very strong rhythm to it - which is perhaps why I remember it so well. I thought it was by John Clare but can't find it in any of his anthologies and it doesn't really seem his style. All I remember is the lines 'Its only the wind in the trees they said - its only the wind in the trees'. Such a line would occur at the start of each verse and then the real meaning would be expanded on in the rest of the verse. ie. ' they knew not that deep in the darkness, the flowers were awakening again ' (or some similar words) . The idea was the rebirth of Spring in the wildness of winter - if I remember it correctly! Hope someone's got an answer!

  • Rookie John Davis (9/24/2007 10:33:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    COMIC POEMS I'm looking for short comic poems. I teach a little poetry workshop for people with MS (I have MS too) . I have a hard time finding shorter poems that are humorous that are good for reading out loud. The people in the class that are shy are more willing to read funny poems. If someone can guide me to a source for these or suggest some poems I would appreciate it.

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  • Rookie Renee Ryder (9/24/2007 9:49:00 PM) Post reply

    After searching for my Grandfather who left my Mom when she was only 1 to go off to war, we finally found him VERY much alive and well....We have all been reunited as a family and his birthday is coming up in October. I'm searching for a poem that would be good for this scenario. I want him to know that even though he's been gone for so long that I still love him even as he was never gone... And somehow try to wish him a happy for the 41 years of my life that I missed wishing him a happy birthday....

    If anyone here has any ideas please let me know...

  • Rookie Myrna Trauntvein (9/22/2007 11:01:00 PM) Post reply


    The Sultan was vexed by a dream that invaded his slumbers;
    (He'd feasted on lobsters and cream with half-riped cucumbers
    And slept with his head to the South so the Night Mare had power.)
    He dreamed, all the teeth of his mouth tumbled out in a shower!
    So, calling a Sayer of Sooth to interpret the vision,
    He charged him to utter the truth with the utmost precision.

    'Pure Fountain of Justice, and Fear of the Infidel Foemen,
    The vision, ' propounded the Seer, 'is of sorrowful omen;
    For Allah, who governs this ball (His protection be o'er you!)
    Decrees that your relatives all shall dropp dead right before you! '

    The Sultan leaped up in a fit of devouring fury!
    He stayed not to issue a writ or impanel a jury,
    But-'Shorten this fellow! ' he said, 'and be rapid about it! '
    So off went the Soothsayer's head! (He looked better without it.)

    One sage being worthless, they sent to the mosque for another;
    An Augur of wilier bent than his fortuned brother.
    'Now Allah be praised for the boon! ' cried this wisest of mages;
    'Great Lord of the Sun and the Moon! for the vision presages
    Long life to the King, who shall thrive like the fertile plantations!
    Yea, truly! My Liege shall survive e'en his youngest relations! '

    The King, as his visage expressed, was rejoice beyond measure.
    The Prophet went home with a chest fairly bursting with treasure.
    Which proves-this an axiom still, let the blunt-spoken weigh it-
    The Tactful can say what he will, for he knows how to say it!

    Who wrote the poem? I learned the poem in the sixth grade but I didn't learn who wrote it.

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