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Sound Advice (TOLT)
by Susan M Phillips

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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We all need a little guidance upon life's path. Here I give you the benefit of my experience in three separate single verse poems.

These were written whilst working through The Ode Less Travelled, but I can't recall what I was actually trying to achieve ;) Have fun. I did.


 

1. IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head very high
But don't wear a hat made of tin;
For it may very well keep the rain water out,
But it could let the lightning in.

2. FINANCIAL WISDOM
Take control of all your money,
Borrow cash to balance books.
You will have a life that's sunny
Paying interest to crooks.

3. IN THE EVENT OF UNEXPECTED SHAPE SHIFT
My God, what a shock, I'm a tiger
With stripes and sharp claws! Hear me growl.
I've got great big teeth and white wiskers.
Please stand there while I practise my prowl
 

Stephen Fry
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Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/11/2008
hee, hee...
I love them. I especially like the letting the lightning in if you use tin. hee, hee, hee...
Cryssa
Reviewed by Charlie 2/10/2008
I can't figure out what you were doing. #1 sounds very much like that song, "You'll Never Walk Alone". Perhaps you were playing with someone else's verses-- making them your own? Or maybe random songs that you had to respond to with the lead-in given by Fry?-- Those might be interesting excercises. #2. Sounds like Longfellow cadence. He was always giving good advice. and #3 reminds me of Blake's "Tiger"... In all, it's an interesting conglomeration of ideas and cadence.

It just occured to me what it might have been about: To take the cadence of a known song/poem, and write a poem using it. I wrote the funnest poem ever doing this, to the cadence of "The Cremation of Sam McGee." You'd love it, but I'll have to rework it a bit.

Take care. --Charlie



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