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    Today's poet

    this is to redress the balance a bit vis a vis the "today's bollock scratching thread!" .......

    sorry Stolly and Iandarkpeak for using "Today" in the title again.....

    click on link below to see "today's poet"

    http://www-cdr.stanford.edu/intuition/Slough.html

    no doubt all of this will go down like a lead balloon, oh well...sod it!
    and we run because we like it through the broad bright land

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    Re: Today's poet

    ...and for the critic's thoughts on that poem....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVr6rFXJg88

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    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!


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    Re: Today's poet

    John Cooper Clarke's attempted haiku:

    To write a poem in seventeen syllables is very diffic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Multiterrainer View Post
    ...and for the critic's thoughts on that poem....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVr6rFXJg88
    he he!
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    Re: Today's poet

    We did have a thread on Poetry
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    Stolly-love it, in particular...these lines

    "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'"

    and we run because we like it through the broad bright land

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    Quote Originally Posted by XRunner View Post
    We did have a thread on Poetry
    sorry x runner... as usual i am several steps behind you......
    and we run because we like it through the broad bright land

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolly View Post
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

    Could av saved yourself a whole lot of typing and just posted 'If' brother square toes
    Hills and Guinness!

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    Re: Today's poet

    I prefer the poetry of Kenneth Ormiston - modified to suit fell running.

    Here is another example:

    PATHS

    I ran a rough and stony path
    A byway not a highway.
    For packhorse or a pony path
    Was a way that I called my way.

    I ran a long and lonely path
    That wanders round the peak,
    And the path was the only path
    That I will ever seek.

    I ran a twisting, bending path
    With dry-stone walls of grey.
    An almost never-ending path
    With heather by the way.

    I ran a path that rang
    With grouse and skylark song,
    And my soul joined in and sang
    For it was here that I belong.
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