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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Over Surrey the cylinders fell,
Lids unscrewed and unleashed merry hell.
With their tripods and rays,
Martians ruled us for days -
But they soon started feeling unwell.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it, Mike!  Laughing


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike. Also this:-

A young Dane once pondered (a lot)
Whether life was worth living (or not).
Since his father was dead,
And his mother in bed
With his murdering uncle, p'rhaps not!



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing  I wish I had the witty gene.


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ambassadors by Henry James

To Liverpool first Strether goes,
What happens thereafter - who knows?
Is it just James's mania
Or something far zanier
That made him write such obscure prose?



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A drably respectable Herr
Loved a youth unsurpassably fair.
A fanatical follower,
He contracted cholera,
And died on the strand in a chair.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the 3rd/4th line rhyme is troublesome, you can always try the Life of Brian version:

A dwably wespectable Herr
Loved a youth unsurpassably fair.
A fanatical follower,
He contwacted cholewa,
And died on the stwand in a chair.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welease Woger! (He's a wobber... and a wapist).

Love it Gareth!  Laughing



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'To Moscow! to Moscow!' they cry,
Three sisters whose lives pass them by.
'We're all getting old,
The orchard's been sold -
If we don't get to Moscow we'll die.'

I conflated two plays for poetic effect.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lasy Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence:

If read it one has to one must
This vile stream of filth and of lust,
Its not quite the book in
Which servants can look in,
And wives will be filled with disgust.




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