Re: Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century

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Too far out all his life
And now he's dead.
Not waving but drowning
Is what he'd said.
Burma Shave.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:38 AM
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The moon looks different
When he's up
Drink Man-Moth's tears
His hand's a cup
Burma Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:40 AM
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drive, he sd, for
christ's sake, look
out where yr going.
Burma Shave.

[I know, it doesn't follow the rule but still it's pretty apt]


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:43 AM
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Bad people -- so intense
Good people-- totally dense
Out of the east
Comes a rough beast
Burma Shave


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:47 AM
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Friends, Romans
Brutus is honorable
Caesar is dead
My heart is in the coffin
Burma Shave


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:48 AM
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A dream deferred
Sags like a load
Alternatively
Might explode.
Burma Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:48 AM
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4 is good (though I think I'd like it better if it didn't rhyme).


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:49 AM
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4 is good but it doesn't have the Burma-Shave form!!!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:51 AM
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To roll cigars
And whip wet curds
Is finale of seem
For the king of ice-cream.
Burma Shave


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:52 AM
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7: Thank you! But all I was trying to do was rhyme!

8: Thank you! I've never been very good with poetic forms.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:54 AM
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The best minds of my
Generation
Were destroyed;
Lamentation!
Burma Shave


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:54 AM
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Whether in the hospice
Or on putting green
Still each body
Has personal mien
Burma Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:54 AM
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We real cool.
We jazz June.
We strike straight.
We die soon.
Burma-Shave.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:55 AM
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The good are lame
Things suck for them
Rough beast slouches
To Bethlehem
Burma Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:56 AM
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I considered posting 13 and rejected it as unsporting.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:57 AM
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12 and 13 make a nice counterpoint.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:58 AM
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Auden has some already in Burma-Shave form:


Let us honour if we can
The vertical man
Though we value none
But the horizontal one.
Burma-Shave

and

I am beginning to lose patience
With my personal relations.
They are not deep
And they are not cheap.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:02 AM
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Barbarians coming?
No they're not
A solution's what
We haven't got.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:04 AM
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Nailed man to God
With original sin
Crow then smiled
His piratic grin
Burma Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:07 AM
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ll
s)
one
l
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:08 AM
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WTF, I searched for one of my favorite poems by typing in the evocative phrase that I have always remembered, and it turns out John Darnielle wrote a song called that phrase when I wasn't looking.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:09 AM
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USURA Τὸ καλόν
正名 la guerre
I cannot
Make it cohere
BURMA SHAVE


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:11 AM
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Cryptic ned's favorite poem is John Betjeman's "International Small Arms Traffic Blues".


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:11 AM
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What will suffice
You have to find
Poetry
Is in your mind
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:11 AM
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Consumer fads
Are mostly bad
You won't see
Revolution
On your TV
Burma Shave


Sis got bit
Life is shit
There's no boon
To whitey
On the moon
Burma Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:12 AM
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The cry goes:
Quick, boys, gas!
We choke and die
For the upper class
Burma Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:12 AM
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I took less traveled road
Or, well
I maybe didn't.
Hard to tell.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:12 AM
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26.1 should be "The cry goes out".


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:13 AM
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29

Should I get married
Meet her folks?
If we have kids
Play intellectual jokes?
Burma Shave


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:15 AM
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30

Three rings
Seven rings,
Nine rings.
One ring to in the darkness bind.
Burma shave.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:16 AM
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31

You made me fear
I was a Jew
Daddy, you bastard
I'm through
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:19 AM
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I love 29.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:20 AM
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33

22 is great.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:20 AM
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34

Nothing beside remains,
boundless and bare.
"Look on my works,
ye Mighty, and despair!"


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:22 AM
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Oddly enough, "My Papa's Waltz", which is already written in the Burma-Shave format and addresses similar topics, does not mention the papa's need to shave.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:22 AM
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Burma Shave


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:22 AM
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37

Mean old Daddy
I killed you
Your fascist ways
Made me a Jew
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:26 AM
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38

Cold Sundays, early
Dad arose
No one said thanks.
Of love, who knows?
Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:26 AM
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31 to 37


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:26 AM
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40

Fucking ned.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:27 AM
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41

6 laps the field.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:27 AM
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42

My fate I'll meet
Up in the sky
Not for a cause
Just love to fly.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:34 AM
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38 - Oh, thank you! I was trying that last night and got stuck on "what did I know?"


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:37 AM
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44

New York in September
and all hope is lost
You fools don't remember
what the last big one cost
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:37 AM
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45

A thrush in the
Syringa sings
"Fear and lust
Familiar things"
Burma-Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:37 AM
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46

And I was muddling away at 45 (although completely different bits of it)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:38 AM
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47

I'm impressed by how identifiable these are -- the only one not clear is 19, and I think I just don't know the origin.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:40 AM
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48

46 to 44, not 45.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:40 AM
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49

I was thinking about 22 last night but got nowhere.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:42 AM
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50

47 - "Crow".


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:43 AM
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51

Our only health is the disease
Whose constant care is not to please
The chill ascends from feet to knees,
If to be warmed, then I must freeze.
Burma Shave.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:43 AM
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52

Fucking's better
Than stained glass
The CoE
Can kiss my ass
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:44 AM
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53

Who hates this wall?
I bet it's Puck!
Think for yourself,
Neighborly schmuck.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:46 AM
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54

To Innisfree
I'll up and go
And live in peace
With nine bean rows.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:46 AM
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55

53 is fabulous.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:47 AM
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56

I never saw a moor.
I never saw the sea.
But I'm not Helen Keller.
They call me Emily.
Burma Shave.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:47 AM
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55: It really is.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:48 AM
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58

How he rung upon the rein
Of a wimpling wing
Alliterátion
Is a tricky thing
Burma-Sháve


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:51 AM
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Two vast trunkless limbs
lie half buried in sand
Fate prevailed in the end
over this boastful man
Burma Shave

(alternatively)

Two vast trunkless limbs
protrude from the ground
Those who sing their own hymns
look how foolish they sound
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:52 AM
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60

Too wordy, knecht.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:55 AM
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60: better?

Do not go gently
into that good night
Dad I'm not ready ment'lly
just keep fighting, all right?
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:01 AM
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Not really! Your third and fourth lines are still too long, and the traditional five-line Burma Shave ad has rhyme scheme abcbd!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:04 AM
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I really love the limerick version of 61:

There was an old father of Dylan,
Who was seriously, mortally illin'
"I want", Dylan said
"You to bitch till you're dead,
I'll be cheesed if you kick it while chillin'."


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:06 AM
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64

Stop shaking, horse!
Watch the falling snow.
I didn't forget
We have miles to go.
Burma Shave


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:07 AM
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62: Ideally, each line is two iambs, right?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:08 AM
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66

Purple cow?
Didn't see.
Glad
It's not me.
Burma Shave


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:09 AM
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67

I do not like
Green eggs and ham
I do not like them
Sam iamb
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:13 AM
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68

Purple cow?
Yes, I wrote
I'm sorry
Don't quote
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:16 AM
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69

You and I
Made the usual pact.
Then you died,
Now I glide.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:17 AM
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70

Pedantic comment
Errors noted
You can bet
That nosflow wrote it
Burma Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:21 AM
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Big-shouldered city
Corrupt and loud
I think you're swell
Because you're proud
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:24 AM
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No dead horse
Cannot be flogged
A little more
At Unfogged
Burma Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:25 AM
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73

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A pleasure dome decree;
But I prefer the version
That was sung by Geddy Lee.
Burma Shave


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:26 AM
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74

Intrusive bird
I hate him bad
Repetition drives me
ravin' mad.
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:27 AM
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75

Losing isn't
Hard to master.
Keys; watch; house; cities,
No disaster.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:28 AM
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76

Burma-Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:28 AM
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74 works for me.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:29 AM
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78

Mene, Mene
Tekel u-Pharsin
Only Dan
Could do the parsin'
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:32 AM
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Can't let this thread pass without a link to my favorite Burma-Shave poem of all time.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:34 AM
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Off topic: I am totally ignorant of both Texas and Heebie geography and would like to know that West Texas is far far away from Heebieville, yes?


Posted by: Ile | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:35 AM
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One lamp, two lamps
Most have died
Who can remember
The midnight ride
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:37 AM
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82

Classic poems
Boiled down
Should end thusly:
"Fuck you, clown."
Burma-Fogged


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:45 AM
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83

You will forget
What I have said
You better remember
The hallowed dead
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:47 AM
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u-a-h-v-s-e-m-a-r-b
     who
a)s w(e loo)k
aThe):1
  ro
     !a:
P    D
  (o
     e.m)
, Burma-Shave;


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:52 AM
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I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats o'er vales and hills.
I took three tabs of acid
Now I dance with daffodils.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:54 AM
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86

Cruel April month
less grim I wager
than poem's torture
on an English major
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:56 AM
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87

House, child, almanac
stove, tears, grandmother.
Tears, house, stove, child
grandmother, alamnac.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:00 AM
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Vienne la nuit
Sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont
Je demeure
Burma-Shave


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:01 AM
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I am in love with 87.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:09 AM
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90


Contre qui, Rose
tu te defends?
savoure plutôt
mon amour profond
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:09 AM
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I love 78


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:10 AM
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My first draft of 90 was actually vulgar and sexual, but it seemed too unlike Rilke (the vulgar part, that is).


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:16 AM
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93

The Highwayman
And Bess got shot
Tim the ostler:
What a twat
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:25 AM
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94

Gas, boys, quick!
Cough and faint
Dulce et
Decorum ain't
Burma shave



Posted by: Scomber mix | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:28 AM
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My friend Lilly joins in in email:

The road soon forks
You have to pick
Which way to go
Don't be a prick
Burma-Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:29 AM
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My friend Lilly, that should be.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:30 AM
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God, and that should be girlhacker.com, not .net. I fail.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:31 AM
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98

The mariner
Did suffer loss
Because he killed
The albatross.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:34 AM
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Inspired by 87:

Art of losing
Ain't hard to master
Losing u (Write it!)
Looks like disaster
Burma-Shave


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:40 AM
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100

Reiter schmälert
des Sohns Unbehagen
Erlkönig hat
das Kind totgeschlagen
Burmashave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:42 AM
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101

I too dislike
Its precious modes
But seek dreamed gardens
With real toads
Burma-Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:44 AM
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102

My verse is precious
Your life too
And wild to boot
What will you do?
Burma Shave


Posted by: Bran Muffin | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:48 AM
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103

Achilles wrath
And Helen's beauty
Hector's the guy
Who did his duty
Burma Shave


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:49 AM
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In Xanadu
Did Kubla Khan
That fucking Porlock!
Now it's gone
Burma Shave


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:57 AM
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The weather's awful
And I've been drunk
Oh Lana Turner
Please get up
Burma-Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:57 AM
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106

Had a cold coming
Worst time of year
Camel men grumbling
Manger we're here.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:58 AM
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103:

Troy's fate a lesson
let it stick
Beware of Greeks,
don't think with dick


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:00 PM
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108

^ Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:04 PM
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109

Thank you 94:

Sister Steel
Brother Lead
Other poets
Turned up dead
Burma Shave


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:14 PM
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Many of these are incredibly good; I particularly liked 94.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:15 PM
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111

Shot fired by bridge
and heard all over
Those farmers' heirs
now roll in clover
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:16 PM
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112

Oh, I missed 101 before -- I was circling around that one and gave up. Nicely done.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:17 PM
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113

Olaf was sent
to the great beyond
i'm a coward
you're not blond
Burma Shave


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:24 PM
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114

113: ♥.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:28 PM
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Oh captain, my captain,
what consternation
Your death has ruined
the celebration
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:38 PM
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If you conform
to WASP ideals
you'll be a man
some day, for reals
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:44 PM
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We rode slowly,
Death and me,
Saw stuff on the way
To eternity
Burma Shave


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:46 PM
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118

Goodnight moon
At the balcony
My date's got better
Astronomy
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:47 PM
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119

What good are names
To each of us
I'd love to be
Anonymous
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:50 PM
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120

Hmm. Maybe "Our love should be" instead.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:51 PM
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121


Dying athlete
cleverest of chaps
departs before his
15 minutes elapse
Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 12:55 PM
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122

My mistress has
Such ugly hair
And yet, by heav'n,
I think her rare
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:03 PM
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123

99, yay.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:07 PM
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124

Balloons were charming
On our date;
War's alarming
Makes all late.
Burma-Shave!


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:09 PM
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125

That's my last Duchess
On the wall
You'd better not
Provoke me, doll
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:10 PM
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126

Flesh is mortal
I'm moving on
A Byzantine
Automaton
Burma-Shave


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:11 PM
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127

125: Nicely.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:16 PM
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128

126 is amazing.

121 is pretty great too.

Some others are probably great too, but I need to go read the explanations on Standpipe's blog


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:16 PM
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Yo, wretched refuse
Wherever you've been
The chick with the lamp
Says come on in.
Burma Shave


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:17 PM
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Big and green
Europe, please
Gimme all
Your refugees
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:17 PM
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131

I think mine should count more, as I did it for the FYC thread too.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:18 PM
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129, 130. Wow. Check out those timestamps.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:18 PM
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133

That's my last duchess
Pretty, but
If truth be told
Kind of a slut
Burma Shave


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:19 PM
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134

Had we but time
We'd court and flirt
But we'll soon die
So lift your skirt
Burma Shave


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:20 PM
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135

Babe's a boy
Woman's old
Catching shrieks
In cups of gold
Burma Shave


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:21 PM
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134 goes in the small subset "Might actually have helped sell Burma-Shave."


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:32 PM
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Philip Larkin:

You're going to die
Try not to whine
Religion is
A waste of time
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:37 PM
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138

137 to 106


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:42 PM
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Miniver yearned
For Camelot
He got depressed
And drank a lot
Burma Shave


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:44 PM
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More kudos for 134.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:44 PM
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It matters not
How strait the gate
I am the master
Of my fate
Burma Shave


Posted by: mandela | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:45 PM
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Buzz-saw snarls
Off comes the hand
Those not dead
Go on as planned
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:46 PM
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If I should die
Let my body be
Six feet of
English colony
Burma Shave


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:50 PM
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You're sorta like
a summer's day
but better in
a durable way


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:56 PM
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Ugh. ^ Burma Shave


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:56 PM
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Cat-foot fog
On city watch
Moves off with
its silent crotch
Burma-Shave.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 1:57 PM
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Of rock & roll
Was this city built
We sing it proud
And without guilt
Burma-Shave


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:01 PM
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I heart 142


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:07 PM
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Is 118 "Sad Steps"? Pretty oblique if so.

125 and 126 are great.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:08 PM
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She like a tent
in summer swings
and isn't love
like pulling strings
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:08 PM
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Der Engel stark
Die Nächte lang
Jetzt widersteh
dem Liebesdrang
Burma Shave


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:09 PM
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Be / Not be
A good question!
What's after death
I'm only guessin'


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:11 PM
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Booker T.
And W.E.B.
Re: work and learning
Don't agree.
Burma Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:11 PM
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Juno got pissed
and burned his home
he ditched his chick
and built our Rome
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:13 PM
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154 may win for concision.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:14 PM
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Bin so in Lieb'
Zu ihr versunken
Als hätt' ich von
Ihrem Blut getrunken
Burma Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:14 PM
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Fell into the State
My wet fur froze
Got washed out
Of the turret with a hose
Burma Shave


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:14 PM
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Noiseless spiders
seek with silk
OKcupid:
"soul seeks ilk"
Burma shave.


Posted by: Scomber mix | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:16 PM
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His apple eyes
With meaning rife
Behold you, and
You change your life.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:19 PM
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You fit in me
like hook in eye
a fish hook
an open eye
Burma Shave


Posted by: margaret | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:23 PM
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The Wikipedia article for Burma Shave suggests that the poem structure is a lot more flexible w/r/t rhymes than I had thought.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:26 PM
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Easy living
Fish are jumping
In summertime
Big brother something
Burma-Shave


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:27 PM
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Also, IIRC, number of lines. But still.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:27 PM
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"The night is starry,
The cold stars blue."
But this is sadder:
I don't have you.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:32 PM
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Dein goldenes Haar
Margarete
Dein aschenes Haar
Sulamith
Burma-Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:44 PM
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His picture changes
He doesn't
Except
When
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:48 PM
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161: Yes, I was going to point that out before, but I didn't want to out-pedant neb.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:48 PM
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Gucci Gucci
Louis Louis
Fendi Fendi
Aw, phooey
Burma-Shawn


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:49 PM
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Greek boy meets girl
in urn time-freeze
Eternal Beauty's
('s Truth) cock-tease.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:51 PM
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Monks are certain
Techs have doubts
9 billion reached
The stars wink out
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:51 PM
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We're doing short stories now?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:54 PM
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In a station
Of the metro
Faces
On a black bough
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:54 PM
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171 We can do whatever we want Burma Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:57 PM
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Goddamn anarchists.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 2:58 PM
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See the rules
Then wave
Then buy
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:00 PM
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Roman slaves
For freedom fight
No Spartacus but
Comedy tonight
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:04 PM
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Free verse
Breaks a sweat
Playing tennis
Without a net
Burma Shave


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:22 PM
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Struck two snakes
Became a chick
Struck two snakes
Grew a dick

Burma Shave.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:35 PM
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Be still and dally,
Then by and by
We'll empty loins
And bruise the thigh.
Burma-Shave.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:46 PM
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Sweetly moaning
Sans merci
This belle has coldly
Rung for me
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:49 PM
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Dark and Satanic
Or bright and green
Arrows and chariots
A Christian dream
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:54 PM
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The British Army:
Splendid men
But even better:
Gunga Din
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:56 PM
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I'm so goddamn illiterate, I recognize maybe 5 of these.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:57 PM
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Or, you could entirely replace "Burma Shave" with "Gunga Din".


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:57 PM
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Shameless adapted (some would say stolen) from Alan Isler's twenty-line Paradise Lost:

Christ on the cross
Saved us all
He pleased the boss
Lucky fall!
Burma-Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 3:59 PM
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I had a close shave
In Burma once
I shot an elephant
And felt like a dunce
Burma shave


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:02 PM
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186 is great.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:03 PM
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In middle life
She taught me well:
To get to heaven
You go through hell.
Burma Shave.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:04 PM
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Is 186 from Kipling?


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:06 PM
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Eric Blair before becoming Orwell.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:08 PM
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Of course. Well done, CN.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:14 PM
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I assume.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:15 PM
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Even if it wasn't, I'm amused. And thanks for reminding me what I was thinking of, Moby.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:17 PM
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I'm not judging you
I'm judging me
My Burma Shave
Your Burma Shave
My Burma Shave


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:27 PM
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Just getting to see these. Awesome! (194 has me singing.)


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 4:47 PM
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These are making me very happy (almost as happy as I was to here R/ta Dove speak today, which was AMAZING).


Posted by: J,Robot | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:07 PM
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Hear, that is.


Posted by: J,Robot | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:07 PM
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I like big butts
I cannot lie
Plus royalties
Piled to the sky
Burma Got Back


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:19 PM
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I love these. Well-done.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:23 PM
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Old McDonald
Had a Farm
On that farm:
Sheep
Burma Shear


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:28 PM
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For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed,
That face was as smooth as a river of glass
Thanks to Burma-Shave!


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:34 PM
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198: I don't know how high the royalties piled in the day, but by 1999 Sir Mix had come far enough down in the world that he played the campus Halloween party at my school. After a few songs, the neighboring exurb where Charles Schwab lives started making complaint calls, and they shut down the show long before the steatopygia everyone was waiting for.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:42 PM
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Financial troubles
Aren't that funny
Wish I'd filled
Those butts with money
Burma Shave


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:45 PM
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Call the barber
Of grands visages
And bid him whip
In special cups
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:53 PM
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I forgot an 'e', I think.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:54 PM
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I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling or
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 5:55 PM
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If thoughts of death
Should disconcert
Know part of Greece
Is English dirt
Burma-Shave


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:06 PM
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Half a league
Rode the six hundred
Honor the charge
Noble six hundred
Burma Shave


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:11 PM
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165 made me cackle. I had a joke with friend who was to read a German passage at our wedding that he was going to get up there and cheerily start reciting that poem.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:16 PM
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A load of dawns
Gets me relig
You silver fox
I love you bridge
Burma Shave


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:18 PM
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Speech ready
To the circus he sped
Voice steady
To the clown, he said:
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:19 PM
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Is this a dagger
I see before me?
Come, let me
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:24 PM
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Life is
But a
Five o'clock
Shadow
Burma shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:25 PM
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I have it not
I see it still
With phantom daggers
One cannot kill
Burma-Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:25 PM
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Whan that Aprille
With shoures soote
The droghte of March
Had perced to the roote
Burma Shave


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:27 PM
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Burma
in the
the Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:30 PM
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Sam's lust for gold
In the midnight sun
No match for cold
Cooked him well-done
Burma Shave


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:35 PM
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209: I know of friends of friends who met in a Kierkegaard reading group and, before their wedding, spent months scouring for any Kierkegaard passage possibly appropriate for a reading. I don't think they found one.

What was your actual passage? I admit we used "Corona" at ours.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:35 PM
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These are great.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:46 PM
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Off topic: I am totally ignorant of both Texas and Heebie geography and would like to know that West Texas is far far away from Heebieville, yes?

It's in the same general part of the state, but not particularly close. About 150 miles away. Confusingly, the town of West, Texas is actually nowhere near the region of the state known as "West Texas."


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:48 PM
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I just learned that there's a part of Texas associated with German culture, and now it turns out there's also a city in Texas associated with Czech culture.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:53 PM
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To talk of stars
In cap and gown
May get applause
But fuck you, clown
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:54 PM
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Wearing purple
Stupid hat
Not yet old
Might get fat
Burma Shave


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 6:58 PM
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Gabby B. nicely tying things together.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:00 PM
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Carnal apple
Buning moon
Love's a journey
Burning poon
Burma Shave


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:01 PM
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Can I not save One
From the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see
or seem
Burma shave?


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:01 PM
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BUNING? BUNING?!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:03 PM
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Buning.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:04 PM
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Buma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:04 PM
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(Not that anyone would ever make that typo!)


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:05 PM
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Marry you?
Oh, I suppose,
Since I can't have
The one I chose.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:06 PM
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Shoulda been "awesome poon" anyhow.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:07 PM
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Westward
The course of empire
Takes its way;
The fifth act
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:08 PM
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Now that I've read the whole thread, I confess that I "get" less than half of these but most of them make me laugh anyway.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:15 PM
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Yeah, I hardly recognize any of the poems.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:17 PM
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A mouse's fate
Is much like man's;
What's built gets crushed.
So much for plans.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:30 PM
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(Throwing a bone to my fellow recognizers of few poems, there.)


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:32 PM
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I'm stumped by several (150, 157), and I spent six years getting certified in this stuff.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:35 PM
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Knock, knock
Who's there?
Interrupting knave
Interrupting kn---
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:37 PM
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buffalo bill's
        breathed his last breath
          i hope you're happy
mister death
burma shave


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:39 PM
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A Elbereth Gilthoniel
I need to make up Elvish words
silivren penna míriel
To entertain my fans, the nerds
Burma Shave


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:42 PM
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218.b: Mohn und Gedächtnis: a bold choice! Ours was from Rilke's seventh letter to a young poet.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:48 PM
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Aquatic mammal
And a son of toil
Tricked the bivalves
Now they boil
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:48 PM
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Positive thinking,
Gemlike flame;
Robbing Pater to paw Peale:
Such a shame.
Burma Shave


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:50 PM
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No poem's lovely
As the tree
That this billboard
Used to be.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:51 PM
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A kid goes to kill
A beast quite vicious
The words sound real
But they're fictitious
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 7:53 PM
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Because I would not
Stop for death
He stopped for me
W.T.F.
Burma Shave


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:08 PM
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Do you greet
Each new poem
With some dismay
It could be worse
Axe Body Spray


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:13 PM
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Because we've got
The Maxim gun
The Empire ends up
Bloody fun
Burma Shave


Posted by: fiatmoney | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:15 PM
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Let's make that 'no'
On second thought.
You woo by dark,
You lose a lot.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:15 PM
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Rich Richard Cory
Idol of downtown
Went home
Shot fired
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:25 PM
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She said "I hate"
[Cruel fate!
Can I be saved?]
"not you"
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:27 PM
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Not many rules
The poems are
Incessant
A bit like playing
Mornington Crescent
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:32 PM
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There once was a man
from Verdun.
There once was a man
named Dave
Burma Shave


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:33 PM
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I'm stumped by several (150, 157), and I spent six years getting certified in this stuff.

157 is "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner". I don't know 150.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:37 PM
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Those sex-crazed señoras
Cause bad situations
But Don Juan's surprise ending
Was Byron's expiration
Burma Shave


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:38 PM
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I confess I find the metrically strict offerings more charming.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:40 PM
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Special Veronica Mars-inspired edition:

Hope springs eternal
In the breast
Life sucks and then
You lay to rest
Burma Shave


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:45 PM
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257: Me too.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:48 PM
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You lie to rest, essear.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:50 PM
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Oh, shit.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:57 PM
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I haven't really gotten the hang of the "proper" form. I've mastered wasting this evening though.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:59 PM
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I like 125.

I like a lot of these, actually. And I'm kind of frustrated by how many I can't identify.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 8:59 PM
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255: So! I have a midcentury gap. I had to Google 150: "The Silken Tent," a Frost sonnet I didn't know either.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:01 PM
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MILDEW SAID
MAINTENANCE
I'M IN SHOCK
I KNOW ITS MOLE
BUT HE JUST COCK
BURMA-SHAVE


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:06 PM
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265: Actually laughed out loud.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:08 PM
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I saw the figure
Five in gold
That damned Demuth
My idea stole
Burma Shave


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:09 PM
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Waxwing on
The window pane
Ashen fluff
That bird is slain
Burma Shave


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:12 PM
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Essear was notoriously lax in the college community as regarded his morning ablutions, however, I did introduce him to a shaving cream several cases of which I had had the foresight to bring with me when I arrived. The sight of him clean-shaven caused something of a shock on the first day of classes but after people got used to it everyone agreed that it was a significant improvement and, though most people didn't know about my role in what it's not an exaggeration to term essear's transfiguration, he of course did, and the whole episode raised both myself and my shaving cream in his esteem. Perhaps a little too much, for it can't be denied that his mentioning it in this context is rather jarring, it having apparently nothing to do with the striking image that precedes it.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:16 PM
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Nosflow is in the vicinity of a very loud amusement park.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:19 PM
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Man alive! I'd better get to sleep.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:21 PM
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God, I might as well be, what with my neighbors.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:22 PM
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W/lfs/n, B., American scholar, 269; nos-flow, myxomycete that bred in the trunks of extinct mammoths and is thought to have hastened their phylogenetic end, 272.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:31 PM
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Unfogged, a once-fashionable eclectic web magazine, Now a cold and desolate spot of no importance but still remembered by a certain balding man in a basement, not in the text.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 9:39 PM
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Burma-Shave, passim.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 10:06 PM
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.I'm dead," said Joe,
"But dry your eyes,
Get off your ass
And organize"
Wobbly Shave


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04-18-13 11:59 PM
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Oh wrangling schools
Have none the wit
To work out fever's
Really shit
Burma Shave.

Go back to bed
Unruly Sun
I'm trying to get
Some loving Donne
Burma Shave.

I met with Wavell,
Said to him,
"Our hope of winning's,
Frankly, Slim"
Burma Star.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 1:52 AM
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He shoots like Jordan!
Flies like Dumbo!
That's why we all want
To sex Mutumbo
Burma Shave.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 2:22 AM
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Love 243.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 2:42 AM
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In hazel wood
I fished a girl
To catch her now
I walk the world
Burma Shave


Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 6:12 AM
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With a wild surmise
All his men
Watched silent
On a peak in Darien
Burma Shave

(This Boston thing is freaking me out)


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 10:34 AM
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Celia dazzles
In lace and mink
But secretly
Her shit doth stink
Burma Shave


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:25 AM
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283

♥ 282.


Posted by: nofslow | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:27 AM
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284

Her two lips are
Copper wire
Kissing her is
Electrical fire
Burma Shave.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:27 AM
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I am black
But also me
This is my theme
For English B
Burma Shave


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:29 AM
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The heavens took
My Annabel back
Now I'm a
Necrophiliac
Burma Shave


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:32 AM
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Agree with 283.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:32 AM
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285 is great.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:34 AM
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Winter afternoon
Cathedral tune
Hold your breath,
Here comes Death.
Burma Shave.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:35 AM
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My dad is senile
"I love you," he said
Now I laugh
He's dead! Dead!
Burma Shave


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:44 AM
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282: Been taking counsel from Ogden Nash?


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 11:47 AM
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Love 286...ahem,

I pour'd wine down his throat
Which (by common consent)
Was no more than his due
Who brought good news from Ghent
Burma Shave



Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 12:01 PM
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Plop! Fall the plums.
There are still three
on the tree;
won't some man
come marry me?
Burma Shave


Posted by: Sam240 | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 6:53 PM
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We're not so strong
Our health is failing
But we ain't dead yet
So let's go sailing.

Burma Shave


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 04-19-13 8:22 PM
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160, margaret, the Grahn: excellent.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 04-20-13 4:16 PM
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Detournement


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 04-21-13 5:04 AM
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Lancelot sang
"Tirra lirra"
Shadows? Boring.
Broke my mirror.
Burma Shave


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-21-13 5:22 AM
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yes, Eggplant, see now who is who, there is one more solution to your ticket, to let it expire, after all what's money and what's the pleasure of meeting the bullying a/holes? spare your nerves, you have my sympathy


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 04-21-13 5:37 AM
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'Murica, self,
atom, dew, grass.
Multitudes, you've
quite a cute ass.
Burma-Shave


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 04-21-13 5:47 AM
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300!

The sea of faith
Has now withdrawn
All certitude
And peace are gone
Burma-Shave

This moonlit beach
Is sure romantic
Too bad about
The armies' antics
Burma-Shave

Long line of spray
Bright girdle furled
And you, my love:
Ah, dreamlike world!
Burma-Shave

The clash by night
A punk-rock treat
Joe Strummer riffs
And reggae beat
Burma-Shave


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 04-22-13 9:02 PM
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