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  • #16
    I like Service. He was the unofficial poet of the great Yukon Gold Strike of the 1890s.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Mayerling View Post
      I like Service. He was the unofficial poet of the great Yukon Gold Strike of the 1890s.
      Yeah, his rhyme and meter are atrocious but his stuff was raw, gritty and right on the money. Love his stuff.

      c.d.

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      • #18
        Thanks folks!

        There are some poems and poets that I hadn't explored.
        I am looking forward to remedying that.

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        • #19
          Hello Mayerling,

          If you or anybody is interested in the Yukon Gold Rush, I highly recommend "The Floor of Heaven" by Howard Blum. A true tale of finding gold in the Yukon. All about Soapy Smith as well. It is as they say a rip roaring yarn.

          http://www.amazon.com/Floor-Heaven-T...loor+of+heaven

          c.d.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by c.d. View Post
            Hello Mayerling,

            If you or anybody is interested in the Yukon Gold Rush, I highly recommend "The Floor of Heaven" by Howard Blum. A true tale of finding gold in the Yukon. All about Soapy Smith as well. It is as they say a rip roaring yarn.

            http://www.amazon.com/Floor-Heaven-T...loor+of+heaven

            c.d.
            Hello c.d.

            Thanks for the citing of this new book.

            Jeff

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            • #21
              Probably my favourite poem of all time is D H Lawrence's "To Women As Far As I'm Concerned"

              Its aggressive and completely devoid of feeling, and it appeals to me because I am the complete opposite. Completely emotional, heart on my sleeve. First read when i was 15.

              The feelings I don't have I don't have.
              The feeling I don't have, I won't say I have.
              The feelings you say you have, you don't have.
              The feelings you would like us both to have, we neither of us have.
              The feelings people ought to have, they never have.
              If people say they've got feelings, you may be pretty sure they haven't got them.
              So if you want either of us to feel anything at all
              You'd better abandon all ideas of feelings altogether.


              Steve

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              • #22
                Keats' "Lamia", I believe:

                She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue,
                Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue;
                Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard,
                Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr’d;
                And full of silver moons, that, as she breathed,
                Dissolv’d, or brighter shone, or interwreathed
                Their lustres with the gloomier tapestries—
                - Ginger

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                • #23
                  Pursuit - Stephen Dobyns

                  Each thing I do I rush through so I can do
                  something else. In such a way do the days pass—
                  a blend of stock car racing and the never
                  ending building of a gothic cathedral.
                  Through the windows of my speeding car, I see
                  all that I love falling away: books unread,
                  jokes untold, landscapes unvisited. And why?
                  What treasure do I expect in my future?
                  Rather it is the confusion of childhood
                  loping behind me, the chaos in the mind,
                  the failure chipping away at each success.
                  Glancing over my shoulder I see its shape
                  and so move forward, as someone in the woods
                  at night might hear the sound of approaching feet
                  and stop to listen; then, instead of silence
                  he hears some creature trying to be silent.
                  What else can he do but run? Rushing blindly
                  down the path, stumbling, struck in the face by sticks;
                  the other ever closer, yet not really
                  hurrying or out of breath, teasing its kill.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Mayerling View Post
                    I like Service. He was the unofficial poet of the great Yukon Gold Strike of the 1890s.
                    Ah yes, Robert W Service, great poet, he could make anyone laugh. Yet George Sims was no slouch, he put together some cracking good poems, especially with a sarcastic twist.

                    This is one of my favorites - The Sick Note.
                    Use your imagination as you read it, it's an oldie but a goodie...


                    Dear Sir I write this note to you to tell you of my plight
                    For at the time of writing I am not a pretty sight
                    My body is all black and blue, my face a deathly grey
                    And I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today.

                    Whilst working on the fourteenth floor,some bricks I had to clear
                    To throw them down from such a height was not a good idea
                    The foreman wasn't very pleased, the bloody awkward sod
                    He said I had to cart them down the ladders in my hod.

                    Now clearing all these bricks by hand, it was so very slow
                    So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below
                    But in my haste to do the job, I was too blind to see
                    That a barrel full of building bricks was heavier than me.

                    And so when I untied the rope, the barrel fell like lead
                    And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead
                    I shot up like a rocket till to my dismay I found
                    That half way up I met the bloody barrel coming down.

                    Well the barrel broke my shoulder, as to the ground it sped
                    And when I reached the top I banged the pulley with my head
                    I clung on tightly, numb with shock, from this almighty blow
                    And the barrel spilled out half the bricks, fourteen floors below.

                    Now when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor
                    I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more
                    Still clinging tightly to the rope, my body racked with pain
                    When half way down, I met the bloody barrel once again.

                    The force of this collision, half way up the office block
                    Caused multiple abrasions and a nasty state of shock
                    Still clinging tightly to the rope I fell towards the ground
                    And I landed on the broken bricks the barrel scattered round.

                    I lay there groaning on the ground I thought I'd passed the worst
                    But the barrel hit the pulley wheel, and then the bottom burst
                    A shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope
                    As I lay there bleeding on the ground, I let go the bloody rope.

                    The barrel then being heavier then started down once more
                    And landed right across me as I lay upon the floor
                    It broke three ribs, and my left arm, and I can only say
                    That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today.


                    Pat Cooksey.
                    Regards, Jon S.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Robert View Post
                      Brilliant. Miss Marple reciting to Sherlock Holmes (the brilliant Douglas Wilmer.)
                      Regards

                      Herlock






                      "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                      • #26
                        Some great stuff posted here by all

                        one of my favourites

                        https://youtu.be/w5aKknj-q3o

                        Regards

                        Herlock






                        "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                        • #27
                          As an admirer of all things Holmes/Doyle I have to add this one. Written and read by noted Holmes scholar Vincent Starrett.

                          https://youtu.be/4V9oIrZROEc
                          Regards

                          Herlock






                          "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                          • #28
                            No one has quoted JK Stephen or Francis Thompson yet
                            Regards

                            Herlock






                            "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                            • #29
                              Impossible to chose just one, but this is one of many that go through my head all the time:
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                              • #30
                                The Cremation of Sam McGee

                                By Robert W. Service

                                There are strange things done in the midnight sun
                                By the men who moil for gold;
                                The Arctic trails have their secret tales
                                That would make your blood run cold;
                                The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
                                But the queerest they ever did see
                                Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
                                I cremated Sam McGee.

                                Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
                                Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows.
                                He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
                                Though he'd often say in his homely way that "he'd sooner live in hell."

                                On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
                                Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
                                If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see;
                                It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

                                And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
                                And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead were dancing heel and toe,
                                He turned to me, and "Cap," says he, "I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
                                And if I do, I'm asking that you won't refuse my last request."

                                Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
                                "It's the cursèd cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.
                                Yet 'tain't being dead—it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
                                So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains."

                                A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
                                And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.
                                He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
                                And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

                                There wasn't a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
                                With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid, because of a promise given;
                                It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: "You may tax your brawn and brains,
                                But you promised true, and it's up to you to cremate those last remains."

                                Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
                                In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.
                                In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
                                Howled out their woes to the homeless snows— O God! how I loathed the thing.

                                And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
                                And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;
                                The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
                                And I'd often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

                                Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
                                It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May."
                                And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
                                Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum."

                                Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
                                Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
                                The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see;
                                And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

                                Then I made a hike, for I didn't like to hear him sizzle so;
                                And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
                                It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
                                And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

                                I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
                                But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
                                I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside.
                                I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked"; ... then the door I opened wide.

                                And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
                                And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: "Please close that door.
                                It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm—
                                Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it's the first time I've been warm."

                                There are strange things done in the midnight sun
                                By the men who moil for gold;
                                The Arctic trails have their secret tales
                                That would make your blood run cold;
                                The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
                                But the queerest they ever did see
                                Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
                                I cremated Sam McGee.

                                c.d.








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