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  • Inspired Poetry

    I like LLapp's idea of having a forum thread for some of the original poetry written by our members, often inspired by the quotes, but sometimes inspired by the comments of others. So, without further ado...

  • #2
    (This one needs to be read out loud with a French accent.)

    "Accent is the soul of language - it gives to it both feeling and truth." — Jean Jacques Rousseau

    April 1, 2022, 9:38 am
    A philosopher named Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Never just guessed, he just knew so, That with his accent They knew what he meant, And so he urged others to do so.


    • #3
      Always love kb83's limericks!!


      • #4
        "What call thou solitude? Is not the earth with various living creatures, and the air replenished, and all these at thy command to come and play before thee? " — John Milton

        December 22, 2020, 3:59 am
        I only wish that "thy dost fly" and "thee must flee," Each makes me cry to a huge degree. They make it hard to solve the quote. Since both those words get caught in my throat.


        • #5
          "Hollywood is not suited for me, and I am not suited for it." — Dr. Seuss

          September 18, 2019, 5:48 pm
          I will not write for Hollywood, I would not live there if I could. I do not care for movie backlots, dog-eat-dog, or mega-jackpots.


          • #6
            "Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves. " — Zig Ziglar

            July 31, 2022, 11:59 pm
            Money makes me happy; sickness makes me sad. Riches - they ain't crappy; but illness turns life bad.


            • #7
              "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books."
              — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

              July 9, 2015, 7:12 am
              He's a poet and doesn't know it, but his feet show it; they're long fellows.


              • #8
                "If you want poets in space, you'll have to wait."
                — Buzz Aldrin
                November 5, 2020, 1:18 pm
                If any wish the poet's touch in space, They should know this-- it will not come apace.

                September 22, 2022, 5:08 pm
                If any wish the poet's touch in space, They should know this-- it will not come apace. For now, the sky and moon of bards of yore, We vest in math and science to explore.


                • #9
                  "Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one."
                  — Robert Byrne

                  May 8, 2018, 10:47 am
                  Here lies the next great author. With themes and plots he would not bother. He drew his pen in one bold stroke, His blood like ink, the page will soak.


                  • #10
                    (Okay, this isn't actually a poem, but it does describe montyb's poetry writing method. And it made me laugh.)

                    "How does the poet transform his banal thoughts into such stunning forms, into beauty?" — Joyce Carol Oates

                    November 13, 2018, 1:51 am
                    I do so in my poetic writings by meditating on the myriad rhyming combinations for "Nantucket".


                    • #11
                      "A man of business may talk of philosophy; a man who has none may practice it." — Alexander Pope

                      October 23, 2018, 1:30 pm
                      Pope was saying that people who have nothing are free to actually put philosophical ideas into practice rather than just talk about it.

                      November 12, 2021, 1:51 pm
                      Thanks, killdozer. While businessmen use ethics in their speech, The one with naught doth practice what they preach.


                      • #12
                        "Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus."
                        — Susan Longacre

                        October 7, 2015, 4:24 am
                        I tried to jump over a cactus/ My quadruceps needed the practus./ I'd no cause to fear it/ But soon lost my spirit / With my corpus no longer intactus.
                        April 20, 2016, 7:44 am
                        kb83, what an amazing limerick!! I googled each line and found nothing, so I'm guessing that you wrote it. Wonderful!
                        October 27, 2016, 2:36 pm
                        That has got to be one of the best limericks ever!
                        December 26, 2016, 2:56 pm
                        Great KB
                        August 2, 2017, 4:08 am
                        Way to go kb83! So well done!
                        November 10, 2017, 9:30 am
                        Guilty as charged.
                        March 2, 2019, 7:42 pm
                        Love it, kb!!
                        July 13, 2020, 3:12 pm
                        Nice, kb83! You are our unofficial poet laureate.


                        • #13
                          Kb83 ends it with a pun on being and nothingness...

                          "Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is." — Jean-Paul Sartre

                          January 9, 2020, 4:50 pm
                          A philosopher much existential.
                          Has boiled it down to the essential.
                          Being is what it is,
                          and not what it's not
                          And nothing is more consequential.​


                          • #14
                            "To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all. " — Walt Whitman

                            January 30, 2020, 5:07 pm
                            There once was an artist in humanity when bad manners were conflated with vanity But let's interject With the most picturesque and significant of all: it's insanity.​


                            • #15
                              "When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel."
                              — Antonio Porchia​

                              March 21, 2023, 12:13 am
                              Alas, poor Antonio Porchia, His brain went through mental contortia, It's always in vain, All pain and no gain, No wonder he had no consortia.​