‘Is That All You People Think About?: A Collection Of Modern Haikus’ – Book of the Week

‘Is That All You People Think About?: A Collection Of Modern Haikus’ by Gordon Gordon41j5hU6UqLL

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‘A Book’ by Emily Dickinson

‘A Book’

by Emily Dickinson2015-03-18 13.27.09

“There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!”

Emily Dickinson died on this day in 1886, you can read more of her work through Surrey Libraries.

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‘The Pobble Who Has No Toes’ by Edward Lear

‘The Pobble Who Has No Toes’

by Edward Lear

“The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said “Some day you may lose them all;”
He replied “Fish, fiddle-de-dee!”
And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said “The World in general knows
There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes!”

The Pobble who has no toes
Swam across the Bristol Channel;
But before he set out he wrapped his nose
In a piece of scarlet flannel.
For his Aunt Jobiska said “No harm
Can come to his toes if his nose is warm;
And it’s perfectly known that a Pobble’s toes
Are safe, — provided he minds his nose!”

The Pobble swam fast and well,
And when boats or ships came near him,
He tinkledy-blinkledy-winkled a bell,
So that all the world could hear him.
And all the Sailors and Admirals cried,
When they saw him nearing the further side –
“He has gone to fish for his Aunt Jobiska’s
Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!”

But before he touched the shore,
The shore of the Bristol Channel,
A sea-green porpoise carried away
His wrapper of scarlet flannel.
And when he came to observe his feet,
Formerly garnished with toes so neat,
His face at once became forlorn,
On perceiving that all his toes were gone!

And nobody ever knew,
From that dark day to the present,
Whoso had taken the Pobble’s toes,
In a manner so far from pleasant.
Whether the shrimps, or crawfish grey,
Or crafty Mermaids stole them away –
Nobody knew: and nobody knows
How the Pobble was robbed of his twice five toes!

The Pobble who has no toes
Was placed in a friendly Bark,
And they rowed him back, and carried him up
To his Aunt Jobiska’s Park.
And she made him a feast at his earnest wish
Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish, –
And she said “It’s a fact the whole world knows,
That Pobbles are happier without their toes!”

Edward Lear was born on this day in 1812, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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‘Mr. Grumpledump’s Song’ by Shel Silverstein

‘Mr. Grumpledump’s Song’

by Shel Silverstein

“Everything’s wrong,
Days are too long,
Sunshine’s too hot,
Wind is too strong.
Clouds are too fluffy…”

You can read the full poem here. Shel Silverstein died on this day in 1999, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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‘Eyes Fastened With Pins’ by Charles Simic

‘Eyes Fastened With Pins’

by Charles Simic2015-03-18 13.27.09

“How much death works,
No one knows what a long
Day he puts in. The little
Wife always alone
Ironing death’s laundry.
The beautiful daughters…”

You can read the complete poem here. Charles Simic was born on this day in 1938, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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‘Selected Poems’ – Book of the Week

‘Selected Poems’ – By Colette Bryce51Qn1IKfcWL

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‘Life In A Love’ by Robert Browning

‘Life In A Love’

by Robert Browning100_2431

“Escape me?
Never—
Beloved!
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth,
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear:
It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again,—
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope goes to ground
Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
I shape me—
Ever
Removed!”

Robert Browning was born on this day in 1812, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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