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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:49 pm 
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Probably the only free verse that I went nuts over...

Some favs...
A man said to the universe wrote:
A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."


I met a seer wrote:
I met a seer.
He held in his hands
The book of wisdom.
"Sir," I addressed him,
"Let me read."
"Child -- " he began.
"Sir," I said,
"Think not that I am a child,
For already I know much
Of that which you hold.
Aye, much."

He smiled.
Then he opened the book
And held it before me. --
Strange that I should have grown so suddenly blind.


Many red devils wrote:
Many red devils ran from my heart
And out upon the page,
They were so tiny
The pen could mash them.
And many struggled in the ink.
It was strange
To write in this red muck
Of things from my heart.


One more...

Think as I think wrote:
"Think as I think," said a man,
"Or you are abominably wicked;
You are a toad."

And after I had thought of it,
I said, "I will, then, be a toad."


More here...
http://www.poemhunter.com/stephen-crane/poet-6850/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:51 pm 
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No, I haven't...isn't he the Red Badge of Courage author?


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Yep - but my opinion of him rose when I found his poetry. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:26 pm 
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Really good. I especially like the universe conversation. My daughter is thinking of using it for a yearbook quote. Thanks.

I liked changing the phrasing of the heart one.

To write in this red muck
Of things from my heart.

That he's writing of things from his heart...in the red muck

or he's attempting to write in a red muck of of little mashed things that came from his heart


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:44 pm 
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I've found it entertaining (for myself if no one else) to use the line, "I will then be a toad" when the person that I'm debating with gets too emphatic and insistent that their view is the only one that is correct. If they are the type that will listen to the explanation of where the line came from, then they usually calm down a bit.

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I hope you then go on to cite the poem. That's the kind of thing that can put a glaze over people's eyes. I know from experience.


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