Category Archives: Poetry

What? Why? When? Who? Where? Which?

I’m on my way to Wheretown to dine with Mrs. Who. If I’m not there by whentime The guard won’t let me through. There’s going to be a why not — Oh boy I hope I win it — A … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #14

Rhyming [Nicolas Boileau-]Despréaux, in composing poetry, made his second verse before the first; and considered it as a very great secret in the art of [rhyming], which gave energy and meaning to the verse. Boileau used to relate, that he communicated … Continue reading

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Is That That That That That Correct?

The following verse contains grammatical wordplays on the word “that”: Now, that is a word that may often be joined, For that that may be doubled is clear to the mind; And that that that is right, is as plain … Continue reading

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A Limerick About Writer’s Block

A limerick fan from Australia Regarded his work as a failure: His verses were fine Until the fourth line. — Anon.

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Gleanings From The Past #12

Happiness The ones who seek their happiness By buying cars and clothes and rings, Don’t seem to know that empty lives Are just as empty filled with things. — Bullet [Fredericksburg, Virginia], May 1, 1936 Mind Your Punctuation ‘Mind your stops’ is … Continue reading

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A Poetic Superscription

In 1761, the Post Office in London received the following letter with an interesting superscription: About this time, twelve months ago, I sent a letter to Mr. Crow, — He lived then, when he does still: But leave this with, … Continue reading

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Signs Of The Weather

“On cable TV they have a weather channel — twenty-four hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window.” — Dan Spencer It is always a good idea to have a way … Continue reading

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