Category Archives: Poetry

One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

Escher-relativity 2Back before I was married, I lived in Paisley (Scotland) with an English roommate; we got along like clotted cream and jam, and, among other things, we would recite the following verse in sync any time we heard someone say,  “I see”.  There are longer, more elaborate versions that have been around for over 50 years.  The mutations make it hard to trace it to the original source, as it seems that each person, school class or generation tweaks it with their own twist.

One Fine Day

“I see,” said the blind man to the deaf man

One fine day in the middle of the night,

As two dead men got up to fight;

Back to back they faced each other,

Drew their swords and shot each other.

A deaf policeman heard the noise,

And came and shot those two dead boys.

If you don’t believe my tale is true,

Ask the blind man, he saw it too.

 

Do you have any favourite rhymes, verses or ditties that you’ve known for years?

Please share them in the comments below!

Illustration:  “Relativity”, by M.C. Escher

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Time of the Mad Atom

I came across this poem recently; more of Virginia Brasier’s works can still be found in printed form, or on Google Books.  This was originally posted (from what I can find out) in the Saturday Evening Post, Volume 221, 1949.  Whenever it was written, it’s just as timely and poignant today.

“Time of the Mad Atom”

This is the age of the half-read page.

And the quick hash and the mad dash.

The bright night with the nerves tight.

The plane hop and the brief stop.

The lamp tan in a short span.

The Big Shot in a good spot.

And the brain strain and the heart pain.

And the cat naps till the spring snaps—

And the fun’s done!

By Virginia Brasier

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Bottoms Up!

Worst Day EverI came across this poem online, but without crediting the author; so I went in search, found, and give them the credit they deserve for a clever piece!

Worst Day Ever?

By Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever

And don’t try to convince me that

There’s something good in every day

Because, when you take a closer look,

This world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.

And it’s not true that

It’s all in the mind and heart

Because

True happiness can be obtained

Only if one’s surroundings are good.

It’s not true that good exists

I’m sure you can agree that

The reality

Creates

My attitude

It’s all beyond my control.

And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that

Today was a good day.

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

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