Poems

POEM OF THE DAY
A Boston Ballad, 1854


TO get betimes in Boston town, I rose this morning early;
Here's a good place at the corner--I must stand and see the show.

Clear the way there, Jonathan!
Way for the President's marshal! Way for the government cannon!
Way for the Federal foot and dragoons--and the apparitions copiously
tumbling.

I love to look on the stars and stripes--I hope the fifes will play
Yankee Doodle.

How bright shine the cutlasses of the foremost troops!
Every man holds his revolver, marching stiff through Boston town.

A fog follows--antiques of the same come limping,
Some appear wooden-legged, and some appear bandaged and bloodless. 10

Why this is indeed a show! It has called the dead out of the earth!
The old grave-yards of the hills have hurried to see!
Phantoms! phantoms countless by flank and rear!
Cock'd hats of mothy mould! crutches made of mist!
Arms in slings! old men leaning on young men's shoulders!

What troubles you, Yankee phantoms? What is all this chattering of
bare gums?
Does the ague convulse your limbs? Do you mistake your crutches for
fire-locks, and level them?

If you blind your eyes with tears, you will not see the President's

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POEM OF THE DAY - MODERN POEM
A Tale Of The Thirteenth Floor

The hands of the clock were reaching high
In an old midtown hotel;
I name no name, but its sordid fame
Is table talk in hell.
I name no name, but hell's own flame
Illumes the lobby garish,
A gilded snare just off Times Square
For the maidens of the parish.

The revolving door swept the grimy floor

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POEM OF THE DAY - MEMBER POEM
Musing For A Muse

Amusing a ruse
To confuse and fuse
Honest lies
And severing ties.

Lost are the times
Of 'bridging' rhymes,
To regain a plan
My senses scan.


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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
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You may write me down in history
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You may tread me in the very dirt
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And sorry I could not travel both
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Hold fast to dreams
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It was many and many a year ago,
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The free bird leaps
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Sweet moment, stay with me,
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Rappelle-toi Barbara
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I.
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you put this pen
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"Come, pretty birds, present your lays,
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A little while, a little while,
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Long ago the Gladiators,
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