Thursday, March 14, 2013

365 Poems, Etc.: 3 & 4

I skipped yesterday due to the guest post.  So here's #3

Hot Actor: Ryan Gosling
Dream Song 1
John Berryman

Huffy Henry hid the day,
unappeasable Henry sulked.
I see his point,--a trying to put things over.
It was the thought that they thought
they could do it made Henry wicked & away.
But he should have come out and talked.

All the world like a woolen lover
once did seem on Henry's side.
Then came a departure.
Thereafter nothing fell out as it might or ought.
I don't see how Henry, pried
open for all the world to see, survived.

What he has now to say is a long
wonder the world can bear & be.
Once in a sycamore I was glad
all at the top, and I sang.
Hard on the land wears the strong sea
and empty grows every bed.

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John Berryman was discussed in this post about the song "John Allyn Smith Sails" by Okkervil River.

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And poem #4

Hot Actress: Christina Hendricks
Couplets on Wit 
by Alexander Pope

 I

 But our Great Turks in wit must reign alone
And ill can bear a Brother on the Throne.

II

 Wit is like faith by such warm Fools profest
Who to be saved by one, must damn the rest.

 III

 Some who grow dull religious strait commence
And gain in morals what they lose in sence.

 IV

 Wits starve as useless to a Common weal
While Fools have places purely for their Zeal.

 V

 Now wits gain praise by copying other wits
As one Hog lives on what another sh---.

 VI

 Wou'd you your writings to some Palates fit
Purged all you verses from the sin of wit
 For authors now are so conceited grown
They praise no works but what are like their own.

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5 comments:

PT Dilloway, Grumpy Bulldog said...

Were there poems? I was just looking at Christina Hendricks.

Briane P said...

It's an optical illusion. If you look really, really closely, eventually you'll see a poem.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

You are so incredibly talented. Author of science fiction, lawyer, father of two beautiful young boys, blogger, and now poet. I feel so fortunate in being your friend. My father once said, you are only as good as the friends you keep.

Andrew Leon said...

I like Pope, but I don't care for the couplets.
I'm gonna have to read the first one a few more times before I know what I think of it.

Briane P said...

Michael: I didn't write these. I'm just posting them because of Andrew's posts on poetry and people's general indifference to poetry.

Andrew: I think it grows on you after a few reads. I really liked the very unusual rhyme scheme.