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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Jan 31 2013, 8:18pm

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I was trying to choose a poem for the week and realized I had one racketing about in my brain because a friend of mine has just moved to Oregon.

This is by John Ciardi, and is from memory, but I think it's mostly right.

Mind You, Now
by John Ciardi

Never stroll away from camp
Without a brush, a comb,
A compass, and a postage stamp
To mail yourself back home.

Don't go off to Oregon
Without at least one shoe,
Or you may get a blister on your toe,
Or even two.

Don't go past the Golden Gate
Without a dinner pail,
A pillow, and your hat on straight,
And a boat in which to sail,

Or long before you reach the land,
You may find you get
Hungry, sleepy, sunburned,
And both your feet extremely wet.


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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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silneldor
Half-elven


Jan 31 2013, 10:53pm

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Allen Sherman [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh,
Here I am at Camp Grenada
Camp is very entertaining
and they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

I went hiking with Joe Spivy
He developed poison ivy
You remember Leonard Skinner
He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.

All the counselors hate the waiters
And the lake has alligators
And the head coach wants no sissies
So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.

Now I don't want this should scare ya
But my bunkmate has malaria
You remember Jeffrey Hardy
They're about to organize a searching party.

Take me home, oh muddah fadduh, take me home, I hate Grenada
Don't leave me out in the forest where I might get eaten by a bear.
Take me home, I promise I will not make noise or mess the house with
other boys, oh please don't make me stay, I've been here one whole day.

Dearest fadduh, darling muddah,
How's my precious little bruddah?
Let me come home if ya miss me
I will even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me.

Wait a minute, it stopped hailing,
Guys are swimming, guys are sailing,
Playing baseball, gee that's better,
Muddah Fadduh kindly disregard this letter.

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This came out when i was in camp up in New York state at Wawayanda the 5th of six years at the camp. It did reflect a bit like i felt the first year though, Ge-od i was home sick.















Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 1 2013, 1:23am

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OK, now I have an earworm :-D // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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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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Arandiel
Grey Havens

Feb 1 2013, 2:47am

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Hee-hee! I love Allen Sherman - thanks, sil!// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Rohan


Feb 1 2013, 11:54am

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I don't know if it qualifies as a poem. [In reply to] Can't Post

My grandmother showed it to me. It's the epitaph on my great-grandmother's brother's grave. He died in his infancy:

The cup of life to his lips just prest,
found the taste bitter and declined the rest.
Averse then turning from the day,
he softly sighed his infant soul away.

It's so poignant.

Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg - that has passed, so may this.


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 1 2013, 12:40pm

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Of course it's a poem! [In reply to] Can't Post

How sweet and sad.


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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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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Feb 2 2013, 1:09am

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That played on the radio when we were all kids... [In reply to] Can't Post

And we probably annoyed our parents, singing it so much! Laugh

I'll append some Ogden Nash to that:

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"






dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Feb 2 2013, 1:12am

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Some of the headstone writings [In reply to] Can't Post

especially from earlier times, were indeed poetic, and very touching.

I've read - and seen - many in my genealogical wanderings, but this is the first time I have seen this one. Thank you, the family loved that baby very much!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"






dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Feb 2 2013, 1:27am

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Well, that makes a good reason [In reply to] Can't Post

to always remember to carry a postage stamp! Laugh

Allow me to return the favor with a poem my Dad taught me:

While the organ peeled potatoes,
"Lard" was rendered by the choir;
The sexton rang the dishrag,
Someone set the church on fire.
"Holy Smokes!" the preacher cried,
In the rush he lost his hair,
Now his head resembles Heaven
For there is no parting there.

It's a variation from an old folk song, Ain't We Crazy, and it's just the kind of thing a bunch of farm-boys would love to sing!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"






sevilodorf
Gondor


Feb 2 2013, 2:38am

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ah the memories [In reply to] Can't Post

both of hearing this and going to camp. Thanks for the smiles.

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squire
Valinor


Feb 2 2013, 2:48am

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Keats gets silly [In reply to] Can't Post

In school I had to learn the Keats poems that were really hard, like Odes with all kinds of classical references and stuff. Lately I found he could relax and write doggerel like the rest of us:


A Song About Myself
I.
There was a naughty boy,
A naughty boy was he,
He would not stop at home,
He could not quiet be --
He took
In his knapsack
A book
Full of vowels
And a shirt
With some towels,
A slight cap
For night cap,
A hair brush,
Comb ditto,
New stockings
For old ones
Would split O!
This knapsack
Tight at's back
He rivetted close
And followed his nose
To the north,
To the north,
And follow'd his nose
To the north.

II.
There was a naughty boy
And a naughty boy was he,
For nothing would he do
But scribble poetry --
He took
An ink stand
In his hand
And a pen
Big as ten
In the other,
And away
In a pother
He ran
To the mountains
And fountains
And ghostes
And postes
And witches
And ditches
And wrote
In his coat
When the weather
Was cool,
Fear of gout,
And without
When the weather
Was warm-
Och the charm
When we choose
To follow one's nose
To the north,
To the north,
To follow one's nose
To the north!

III.
There was a naughty boy
And a naughty boy was he,
He kept little fishes
In washing tubs three
In spite
Of the might
Of the maid
Nor afraid
Of his Granny-good --
He often would
Hurly burly
Get up early
And go
By hook or crook
To the brook
And bring home
Miller's thumb,
Tittlebat
Not over fat,
Minnows small
As the stall
Of a glove,
Not above
The size
Of a nice
Little baby's
Little fingers-
O he made
'Twas his trade
Of fish a pretty kettle
A kettle-
A kettle
Of fish a pretty kettle
A kettle!

IV.
There was a naughty boy,
And a naughty boy was he,
He ran away to Scotland
The people for to see --
There he found
That the ground
Was as hard,
That a yard
Was as long,
That a song
Was as merry,
That a cherry
Was as red,
That lead
Was as weighty,
That fourscore
Was as eighty,
That a door
Was as wooden
As in England-
So he stood in his shoes
And he wonder'd,
He wonder'd,
He stood in his
Shoes and he wonder'd.

--John Keats

(Only because this is a Tolkien site do I mention how this with its short feet and multiple rhymes reminds me of some of Tolkien's lighter efforts, like "Cat" and "Oliphaunt"!)



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silneldor
Half-elven


Feb 2 2013, 4:16am

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..I wonder if.. [In reply to] Can't Post

a Tittle bat is related to a stickle bat

I did not know Keats had such a frivolous side:)















Ethel Duath
Valinor


Feb 2 2013, 4:41am

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How about that! And, yes, it reminded me [In reply to] Can't Post

immediately of the Oliphant poem.

Thanks for the unexpected insight!


Ethel Duath
Valinor


Feb 2 2013, 5:08am

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Another master in a simpler mood [In reply to] Can't Post

than his "normal" style, since that seems to be part of the theme this week.Smile


My Star


by Robert Browning

All, that I know
Of a certain star
Is, it can throw
(Like the angled spar)
Now a dart of red,
Now a dart of blue;
Till my friends have said
They would fain see, too,
My star that dartles the red and the blue!
Then it stops like a bird; like a flower, hangs furled:
They must solace themselves with the Saturn above it.
What matter to me if their star is a world?
Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it.


And an epitaph from someone who might possibly be a distant ancestor of mine. (He sounds like a wonderful man--but "punctual" [!] kind of hit my funny bone, especially in this context . . .)

In memory of Capt. Josiah Snell, he died Aug. ye 20th, 1785, in ye 85th year of his age.
Here, in this gloomy nursery of the dead,
A neighbor good, a faithful friend is laid;
Just, peaceful, careful, punctual, and sincere,
A father kind, a tender husband dear.



Magpie
Immortal


Feb 2 2013, 5:40am

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In honor of our -13 degree night last night... [In reply to] Can't Post



I was thinking of this poem last week when the temps dipped below zero and we ventured out into the cold night to go buy me a new car battery. :-)


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 2 2013, 6:13am

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My dad used to sing that [In reply to] Can't Post

to the tune of "Silver Threads Among the Gold". :-)


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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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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 2 2013, 6:22am

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I saw a poignant tombstone recently. [In reply to] Can't Post

It wasn't an epitaph, it was just the name. The baby was born and died around Christmas time, and her first and middle names were "Navidad Estrella": Christmas Star.


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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 Feb 2 2013, 6:23am)


BoromirOfWinterfell
Rohan


Feb 2 2013, 7:10am

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That's beautiful, but so sad... [In reply to] Can't Post

Evil It's always wonderful if a family has something simple or sweet to serve as a memorial for a baby who has passed away.

Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg - that has passed, so may this.


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 2 2013, 2:38pm

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That's so vivid [In reply to] Can't Post

I can just about taste the cold air.


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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."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Feb 2 2013, 3:17pm

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How sweet, and sad! [In reply to] Can't Post

Another person, who must have touched many lives in a wonderful way. Do you know if he was an Army captain, or the captain of a boat?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"






Magpie
Immortal


Feb 2 2013, 5:13pm

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when I was out a week or so ago [In reply to] Can't Post

(it was a little longer than a week, I think)

...Jupiter was quite close to the Moon. I thought of you. Whenever I see an interesting night sky sight, I think of you. Whenever I see cool trees or nature, I think of sil. :-)


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 2 2013, 8:17pm

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Awww, that's sweet :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, I saw it that night. Someone on facebook posted 'Go look at the moon and Jupiter right now" so I did and then passed on the message. It's a wacky world we live in these days.


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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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Ciars
Rohan


Feb 3 2013, 5:13pm

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Is it Sunday already? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've had a hectic week, between work, family and found that generally I haven't had enough hours in the day to do what was needed done, so, I've deliberately taken a breather to recharge! The poem below made me remember to not get to downhearted by pressures...

Keep On Smiling : Alexandra Skiathitis

If at times you feel you want to cry.
And life seems such a trial.
Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.

As you travel on life’s way
With its many ups and downs
Remember it’s quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.

Happiness comes at times to all
But sadness comes unbidden
And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face
And troubles round them piled
The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled.


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Feb 4 2013, 3:02am

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I like that a lot [In reply to] Can't Post

especially this verse:

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.


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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."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ethel Duath
Valinor


Feb 4 2013, 4:39am

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Pretty sure he would have been [In reply to] Can't Post

a Rev. War army captain. But we're not really sure if he's a relative, although someone else with his same last name in the same part of the country definitely was. My guess he's a great-great-great-great-great-grand cousin or something.CrazySmile

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