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Epigrams 6

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epigrams 6

These are humorous epigrams: puns, wordplay, quips, zingers, japes, jests, gags, giggles, one-liners, irony, etc.

State of the Art
by Michael R. Burch

A poet may work from sun to sun,
but his editor's work is never done.

The editor's work is never done.
The critic adjusts his cummerbund.

While the critic adjusts his cummerbund,
the audience exits to mingle and slum.

As the audience exits to mingle and slum,
the anthologist rules, a pale jury of one.

by Michael R. Burch

cries the Heart.

replies the Brain.

Grave Oversight
by Michael R. Burch

The dead are always with us,
and yet they are naught!

Mate Check
by Michael R. Burch

Love is an ache hearts willingly secure
then break the bank to cure.

Imperfect Perfection
by Michael R. Burch

You're too perfect for words—
a problem for a poet.

by Michael R. Burch

for Beth, Laura and all good mothers

Bring your particular strength
to the strange nightmarish fray:
wrap up your cherished ones
in the golden light of day.

by Michael R. Burch

How can she bear her grief?
Mightier than Atlas, she shoulders the weight
Of one fallen star.

Ironic Vacation
by Michael R. Burch

Seeing Mozart's baby grand piano.
Standing in the presence of sheer incalculable genius.
Grabbing my childish pen to write a poem
& challenge the Immortals.
Next stop, the catacombs!


I sampled honeysuckle
and it made my taste buds buckle.

My objective is not to side with the majority, but to escape the ranks of the insane.—Marcus Aurelius, translation by Michael R. Burch

by Michael R. Burch

If you trust the Christian 'god'
you're—like Adumb—a clod.

by Michael R. Burch

Perhaps at three
you'll come to tea,
to have a cuppa here?

You'll just stop in
to sip dry gin?
I only have a beer.

To name the 'greats':
Pope, Dryden, mates?
The whole world knows their names.

Discuss the 'songs'
of Emerson?
But these are children's games.

Give me rhythms
wild as Dylan's!
Give me Bobbie Burns!

Give me Psalms,
or Hopkins' poems,
Hart Crane's, if he returns!

Or Langston railing!
Blake assailing!
Few others I desire.

Or go away,
yes, leave today:
your tepid poets tire.

The Song of Amergin I
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

I am the sea breeze
I am the ocean wave
I am the surf's thunder
I am the stag of the seven tines
I am the cliff hawk
I am the sunlit dewdrop
I am the fairest flower
I am the rampaging boar
I am the swift-swimming salmon
I am the placid lake
I am the excellence of art
I am the vale echoing voices
I am the battle-hardened spearhead
I am the God who gave you fire
Who knows the secrets of the unhewn dolmen
Who understands the cycles of the moon
Who knows where the sunset settles...

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Published as the collection 'Epigrams 5'
Friday, March 5, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: political humor,irony,ironic,word,play,wit,giggle,humor,humorous
Varsha M 06 March 2021
Well woven beautiful epigrams. Makes mind resonate in delight. Good anthological collection. So well written....i think i read your previous one too.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 06 March 2021
I have enjoyed this Epigram 5 AND 6, right? Two Epigrams? 5 Stars for you! To my Favourites! Thank you for sharing this colossal poem
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