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Catullus 101

Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas

advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites

ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death

et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,

Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh

Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,

nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors

tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites

accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.

atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.

Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Monday, June 03, 2019

Food of the Senses (Free-verse)

Since poetry is the food of the senses
Cart me loaves of wholesome flesh

 Beneath the skin
And on the bones

Like a flamingo
 I will take my time to pick

And eat with delightful intensity
The savory cuts of poetry

With beaks like quills of granite
Flint and stone

In jaws clinching
Opening to unwind

Fleeing words like fighting feathers
Each crafted thought

Cascading down with riddles
Senseless trills

Myriads of cognitive sparks
Light up the mind

Oh give me poetry to make me grow
A little fat and a bit of this and that

A succulent slice of poetry
Our poetic ancestors left behind


Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Indulgence (ABC Poetry)

So now he ties himself in knots
To the trumping Barr-stool that
Undermines the little credibility once held;
As he tap-dances in Nadler’ face
His washing machine spin-dries in DT detergent

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ability/ ABC Poetry

A wholesome gem indeed
Being able to do many good things
Competency waters its roots
In so many attractive ways
This little gem she displays

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Media/ABC Poetry

This media has no shame
Ultimately they draw us
Valiantly, in their hen-house
Wrong or right
Always there in the spotlight


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Turbulent Times/Reversed Abecedarian Poem

America brought the hound from the blitz;
Brown with fawn on its frame such a pretty
Contrast, from nature’s genetic apex
Daringly the canine watched from the window,
Eyed the villain with no claim to Moshav,
From a blue moving van in Beaulieu.
Grant you, the cur’s vocal sounds are tacit;
He howls each time the letterman places,
Inbound dead leave files in mailbox at rear;
Jabbed the cat taken from the umiaq;
Killed the feline in the door of the shop;
Leaped forward fast and smashed the video;
Mouth opened wide on a body so worn.
Now the once quiet house is in mayhem;
Officers scrambled down the grease-based poll;
Pepper the mad dog, yelled Officer Kirk;
Quickly he replaced on his head his taj;
Riotous crowds were seen beyond Bali;
Social and political unrest high;
Tarnish the minds of folks under the gag;
Upmost, they bow in cap and silky scarf;
Vault infidels, they chant  without shame;
With killing robots lay waste without dread;
Xmas turns grief to joy  so terrific;
Yes, hear you all! Jesus the gentle lamb;
Zero tolerance plagues the USA.

Christmas/Abecedarian Poem

An angelic day
                     Birth of
    Decorations hanging
    From windows
    Halls and
    Independence Square
                    Jasmine filled gardens
                    Keeping the joys of
                    Lighted candles
                    Many aglow and
                    Neon-lamps as well
    Observably Santa’s big bag
    Packs of goodies of good cheer
    Quite  delightful
    Round the Christmas  tree:
    Such joys for ever do
    Take your breath away
    Under the glitter of a
    Very, very Merry Christmas
                     With all that goodness
                      X-mass does bring and
      Yankees shopping with great
       Zeal is such a wholesome thing

Abecedarian Poem/ English Alphabet

 A is for apple
 B is for bat
 C  is for cat
 D is for dog
 E is for egg
 F is for fish
 G is for gun
 H is for hut
 I is for ink
 J is for jug
                 K  is for key
                 L  is for lamp
                 M is for mango
                 N  is for nut
                 O  is for okra
                 P  is for pan
                 Q  is for Queen
                 R  is for Rice
                 S  is for salt
        T  is for table
        U  is for umbrella
        V  is for van
        W is for water
        X  is for extra
        Y  is for yam
        Z  is for zebra 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Upon Leaving USA

Upon Leaving USA
(in Monometer)

The stress,
And worry
Were more
Than she
Could bear;
So she

Took jet;
From the
Of Maine.

She came;
To spend
Two weeks
At her

The stress,
She left
Was more
Than she
Could bear.

The break,
Was great.

She left,
For Maine;
Her health.



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When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
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Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai

Waiho tona takiwā
Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Anthem 2

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.

Note: The second verse of 'God Save The Queen' is commonly omitted.

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