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  • D A Phinney (2/7/2006 10:16:00 AM) Post reply

    I found this poem on a scrap of paper inside a notebook from college I had in '68, but I don't know who the author is, or the title. I'm pretty sure it's not mine, as I seem to remember it being talked about in a class, plus it seems too good, probably by someone famous. I can't find it on the web, either. Familiar to anyone?


    All along the line the faces lit like brief flickering candles
    Burning in the wind:
    An ariel flare made a bright dome of the sky,
    And tides of white light rushed in to fill the eye-holes
    In a thousand faces.
    And in that black-white moonscape the frozen dead exposed
    Their smiles, their gaping abdomens from which the souls,
    Naked, had fled.
    Their blood in pools of blackness lay, cold upon the trembling earth.
    And looking about, some pair of eyes witnessed:
    Two men vanish in a black cloud and ball of thunder;
    Another man's legs tear from their body,
    And the body crawl away from them in horror;
    Many men who were dead moving about by the concussions,
    And wounded men lie still;
    And also one younger man close his eyes and explode his
    Head away
    Just before the light faded like an angel departing
    From madness.
    And pausing, just before the bullet hit,
    A thought occured behind the darkening eyes-
    A wonder, that the rumbling drama played itself
    Like fire above the darkness,
    Like fear beneath the light.

  • Eileen Prunster (2/6/2006 5:33:00 AM) Post reply

    Could anybody Please ID this poem/author of....
    Many thanks if you can.

    when arrows pierce facades,
    scarlet gobs stain circling stars.
    shards of illusion glitter with pain,
    some silent, some shrieking.
    forever changed.

  • Riley West (2/5/2006 12:16:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I'm trying to find an old famous poem that essentially went like this

    'When i was young I played with childish things but
    when I got older I had to put away those things' ... oh well I paraphrase poorly but I'd bet that a person who knows that poem would recognize it.

    If you know which poem it is please e mail me at rwestpnw@yahoo.com

    Thank you! ...Riley

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  • Lottie Clark (2/4/2006 11:44:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    The poem I'm looking for is about a young boy turning ten (possibly eleven) and saying that even though he is ten he is also nine, eight, seven, six etc. He mentions when he cries that is not the ten year old him but the five year old him and other such examples. I'm afraid thats all the info you get. I've no idea of author, quotations from the poem or title, just general content! I'm at a complete loss and if anyone can fathom what poem I'm on about from the limited amount of info given, not only will you be a genius but you'll have solved a problem I've had for many years!

    Any help greatly appreciated, thank you.

    lottie.

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  • Louise Cole (2/4/2006 6:32:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I am looking for a poem which has these words somewhere in it!

    Old soldiers do not die,
    they just fade away

    It was read out at the funeral of a friend of mine and would really appreciate anyone who could help me track down the poem! !

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    • D A Phinney (2/10/2006 7:09:00 PM) Post reply

      From Eric Partridge's 'Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British': : : : ''old soldiers never die: they simply fade away' has been extracted from the British Army's C20 parody of the song ' ... more

  • Tyler Andrews (2/4/2006 12:11:00 AM) Post reply

    I found this unmarked poem in a book of mine; it has no author listed, but it helped me and my girl out quite a bit; I'd like to know if anyone has heard of it or knows the author. The first verse is:

    What does one do with a heart grown cold?
    And what to do with the love grown old
    Where once the life-beat brimmed
    And the dreams burned within
    Now only the death rattle dims
    And the hopes are severed

    Yes! It gets more uplifting later. Anyway, I'd appreciate it greatly if ANYONE can help me out here...

  • Chelsea Clement (2/3/2006 8:23:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I know the name of the poem it's called 'My name is Sarah' but I'm trying to find out who the original poet is.

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  • Judith Maria Ciampa (2/3/2006 3:22:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I'm looking for this poem.
    I believe the title is 'They Also Serve Who Only Sit.' It's about babysitters.
    Please let me know if it exists.

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    • Greg Ogletree (7/27/2006 8:56:00 PM) Post reply

      Hi Judith - You have the correct title. It was written by Phyllis McGinley in the early 1940s and published in her book titled STONES FROM A GLASS HOUSE in 1946. If you have trouble locating a copy, ... more

  • Philip Kennedy (2/2/2006 5:55:00 AM) Post reply

    Can anyone send me the text of Howard Nemerov's 'The View From An Attic Window'? It was collected in a Penguin anthology I loaned to a girl quite a while ago; she left for Spain and I never got to see her again. The girl/poem loss ratio is weighted in favour of the poem so I'd appreciate a response.

  • Greg Smith (1/31/2006 1:00:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Can anyone help? ? ? ? My girlfriend told me a poem quite a few months ago but i have absolutly no idea who it was by, but from what i can remember the first verse goes along the lines of...
    'all that i have
    is the love that i have
    and that i have is yours'
    i would like put this in a valentines card so if any one can help before the 14th i would buy them a drink.... if possible anyway
    thanks in advance.

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    • Virginia Campbell (2/1/2006 8:16:00 AM) Post reply

      Ok, I should have searched this site. It's 'The Life That I Have' by Leo Marks. Found it in about 3 seconds cos i knew quite a few of the words. A beautiful poem, I'd love to get it in a Valentine's c ... more

    • Virginia Campbell (2/1/2006 8:10:00 AM) Post reply

      I've been wanting to find this too. I know that it's recited by Virginia McKenna playing Violette Szabo in the film 'Carve Her Name with Pride'. (an excellent film btw)

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