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Weekly poetry thread

Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Dec 6 2012, 1:33pm


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For some reason this week Walt Kelly popped into my head. I grew up reading his Pogo comic strip; my dad had lots of his books, and as an adult I got my own collection. His folksy strip was set in the Okefenokee swamp, and featured Pogo Possum, Howland Owl, Churchy la Femme the turtle, Albert Alligator, and other swampland creatures. It was often hysterically funny, but also very serious at times. He took on Senator Joe McCarthy (known in the strip as Simple J. Malarkey) and was instrumental in bringing him down. He is probably best known for his quote "We have met the enemy and he is us."

Here are a few of my favorite Walt Kelly poems:

Mistress Flurry

Mistress Flurry likes to worry,
Rises early, feeling surly.
There's no cure, for she is sure
That life will be the death of she.
Best to worry, Mistress Flurry.



For Lewis Carroll and the Children

The gentle journey jars to stop.
The drifting dream is done.
The long gone goblins loom ahead;
The deadly, that we thought were dead,
Stand waiting, every one.


The Prince of Pompadoodle

The Prince of Pompadoodle
Lived behind a castle wall,
Behind a moat, behind a guard
Of twenty soldiers tall.

The Prince of Pompadoodle
Was the safest man alive.
Each day he wrote how long hed lived
And multiplied by five.

The Prince of Pompadoodle
Would survive, he did decide,
Five times as long as he had been
Alive before he died.

The Prince of Pompadoodle
Called in the castle sage
For his advice in this pursuit
Of long and fulsome age.

The Prince of Pompadoodle
Heard in horror from this friend
That somewhere in the palace
Was a cur whod seek his end!

The Prince of Pompadoodle
Scarce could credit a belief
His years might soon be sneaked away
By some ungrateful thief.
- - - - - - - - -
The Prince of Pompadoodle
Sent his every friend away
And sat alone, safe, locked alive,
To count another day.

The Prince of Pompadoodle
May hoard each empty hour,
But none can know; no word comes from
The silent, stony tower.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Dec 6 2012, 1:39pm)

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Weekly poetry thread Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Dec 6 2012, 1:33pm
    coughs and colds... Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Dec 6 2012, 3:27pm
        Now that reminds me of another favorite Ogden Nash: Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Dec 6 2012, 3:43pm
            I agree! Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Dec 6 2012, 5:17pm
        Eewww! wendy woo Send a private message to wendy woo Dec 7 2012, 7:21am
    I'm in a "merry" Christmas mood, so how about a little song from the Dr.? wendy woo Send a private message to wendy woo Dec 7 2012, 7:18am
    My mom loves Pogo (Walt Kelly)! Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Dec 7 2012, 5:45pm
    Wonder if Tolkien would like this one Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Dec 7 2012, 5:47pm
    And the "everyday" turned into a tapestry Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Dec 7 2012, 5:50pm
    After the Marathon sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Dec 11 2012, 2:45am

 
 
 

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