Franklin P. Adams

(15 November 1881 – 23 March 1960 / Chicago, Illinois)

Franklin P. Adams Poems

1. How 3/30/2012
2. 'Carpe Diem,' Or Cop The Day 3/30/2012
3. Bedbooks 3/30/2012
4. To A Light Houskeeper 3/30/2012
5. Office Mottoes 3/30/2012
6. The Ballade Of The Average Reader 3/30/2012
7. Help 3/30/2012
8. Ballade Of The Hardy Annual 3/30/2012
9. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 3/30/2012
10. Those Two Boys 3/30/2012
11. A Plea 3/30/2012
12. An Election Night Pantoum 3/30/2012
13. Ballade Of The Breakfast Table 3/30/2012
14. An Ultimatum To Myrtilla 3/30/2012
15. And Yet It Is A Gentle Art 3/30/2012
16. A Summer Summary 3/30/2012
17. A Quatrain 3/30/2012
18. Advice 3/30/2012
19. Lines On And From 1/3/2003
20. To W. Hohenzollern, On Discontinuing The Conning Tower 1/3/2003
21. Old Environment 1/3/2003
22. Vain Words 1/3/2003
23. The Ballad Of Justifiable Homicide 1/3/2003
24. Variation On A Theme 1/3/2003
25. On Profiteering 1/3/2003
26. To W. Hohenzollern, On Resuming The Conning Tower 1/3/2003
27. Thoughts In A Far Country 1/3/2003
28. Maud Muller Mutatur 1/3/2003
29. A Wish 3/30/2012
30. A Soft Susurrus 3/30/2012
31. A Word For It 3/30/2012
32. I'M Out Of The Army Now 1/3/2003
33. Regarding (1) The U.S. And (2) New York 1/3/2003
34. Song Of Synthetic Virility 1/3/2003
35. The Last Laugh 1/3/2003
36. A Poor Excuse, But Our Own 3/30/2012
37. Oh Man! 1/3/2003
38. Unshackled Thoughts On Chivalry, Romance, Adventure, Etc. 1/3/2003
39. It Was A Famous Victory 1/3/2003
40. A New York Child's Garden Of Verses 3/30/2012
Best Poem of Franklin P. Adams

A Ballad Of Baseball Burdens

The burden of hard hitting. Slug away
Like Honus Wagner or like Tyrus Cobb.
Else fandom shouteth: "Who said you could play?
Back to the jasper league, you minor slob!"
Swat, hit, connect, line out, goet on the job.
Else you shall feel the brunt of fandom's ire
Biff, bang it, clout it, hit it on the knob -
This is the end of every fan's desire.

The burden of good pitching. Curved or straight.
Or in or out, or haply up or down,
To puzzle him that standeth by the plate,
To lessen, so to speak, his bat-renown:
Like Christy Mathewson or Miner ...

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Advising Chloë

Horace: Book I, Ode 23

"Vitas hinnuleo me similis, Chloë--"

Why shun me, my Chloë? Nor pistol nor bowie
Is mine with intention to kill.
And yet like a llama you run to your mamma;
You tremble as though you were ill.

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