Random lines of poetry

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This Be the Verse

by Philip Larkin 1922–1985

 

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra, just for you.

 

But they were fucked up in their turn

By fools in old-style hats and coats,

Who half the time were soppy-stern

And half at one another’s throats.

 

Man hands on misery to man.

It deepens like a coastal shelf.

Get out as early as you can,

And don’t have any kids yourself.

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As a Human Being

by Jericho Brown

There is the happiness you have
And the happiness you deserve.
They sit apart from one another
The way you and your mother
Sat on opposite ends of the sofa
After an ambulance came to take
Your father away.  Some good
Doctor will stitch him up, and
Soon an aunt will arrive to drive
Your mother to the hospital
Where she will settle next to him
Forever, as promised.  She holds
The arm of her seat as if she could
Fall, as if it is the only sturdy thing,
And it is since you've done what
You always wanted.  You fought
Your father and won, marred him.
He'll have a scar he can see all
Because of you.  And your mother,
The only woman you ever cried for,
Must tend to it as a bride tends
To her vows, forsaking all others  
No matter how sore the injury.
No matter how sore the injury
Has left you, you sit understanding
Yourself as a human being finally
Free now that nobody's got to love you.

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Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

 

Henry Thoreau

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Not poetry so much as a famous novel; A porait of the artist as a young man by James Joyce and after studying this for English Literature I could never quite forget this line from very early in chapter 1.

 

"When you wet the bed first it is warm then it gets cold."

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Lord Byron- "Stanzas to a Lady on leaving England"

 

"And I must from this land be gone, because I cannot love but one...."

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"There should be no despair for you

While nightly stars are burning;

 

--"Are not the best beloved of years

Around your heart forever?"                              Charlotte Bronte- Sympathy.

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The Name

 

I have learned to say it carelessly,

So no one else can see

By any little look or sign

How dear it is to me.

 

But oh, the thrill,

As though you kissed my tingling fingertips,

Each time the golden syllables

Fall lightly from my lips.

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Suicide Note by Langston Hughes

The calm cool face of the river asked me for a kiss.

 

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I, Too

BY LANGSTON HUGHES

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

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Some stanzas from Maya Angelou's Still I rise

 

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
 
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
 
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
 
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
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Here I sit, broken-hearted...

 

[EDIT]

Never mind, just realized I already posted this back in 2011:

On 8/23/2011, 9:42:13, El Jeffo said:

Here I sit

Broken-hearted

Paid a dime

And only farted

 

--Anon, ca. 1974, men's room stall door, Macy's San Francisco

 

There's also an advanced version, however:

 

Here I sit

Broken-hearted:

Tried to shit

But only farted.

 

Then one day

I took a chance:

Tried to fart

And shit my pants.

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23 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

Here I sit, broken-hearted...

 

[EDIT]

Never mind, just realized I already posted this back in 2011:

 

There's also an advanced version, however:

 

Here I sit

Broken-hearted:

Tried to shit

But only farted.

 

Then one day

I took a chance:

Tried to fart

And shit my pants.

 

Dude, that’s as old as those pants you @&$? in! 

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59 minutes ago, A.N.Other said:

 

Dude, that’s as old as those pants you @&$? in! 

At least the smell's gone.

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On 8/22/2011, 3:56:37, Beuel said:

Are there any lines of poetry (Or lyrics) that stuck with you for a reason or no reason at all?

 

Well I don't know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain't right,
I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I'm wondering how I'll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you

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Ah, the late and great Gerry Rafferty. He wrote many beautiful songs. This one always reminds my of a bloodbath.  :o

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