Category Archives: Poetry

Pied Beauty

Pied Beauty
by Gerard Manley Hopkins (written in 1877)

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Limerick contest

Every year between Groundhog Day and St. Patrick’s Day, the Charlotte Observer sponsors a limerick contest. Since I’ve had so much fun blogging on the Occupy Charlotte clowns, I submitted a limerick on the unpleasant surprise Charlotte police discovered in a storm drain used by the protesters.

From the Charlotte Observer:

We close with Mike Tuggle of Charlotte, who read the story about police cracking down on local protesters and later that the city learned how the protesters had relieved themselves.

The Occupy Charlotte sensation
Concluded in total frustration.
Their efforts, in vain,
Just went down the drain
By process of elimination.

State of Affairs

By Madeson Penny

Economy in decline

Education falling behind

Unemployment across the nation

Overseas manufacturing manifestation

High business tax declaration

A failed import/export situation

Fattened corporate profits

Old money’s golden coffers

Insolvent mortgage loans

Forfeiture of homes

Fannie and Freddie in the tank

Government now owns the bank

Thank you Paulson, Dodd and Frank

Industrial weapons complex

Control Wall Street market index

Central bank bailout reflex

Lower national defense

Allies on the offense

Tell me

Is all this

Simply a coincidence?

This is Not the American Way

The Marxist McGonagall

I am indebted to the Unite Against Fascism website for some of the pleasantest few minutes I have spent this year.

In its report on a UAF demonstration carried out on 7th September, in defence of a chum who was convicted of assaulting a policeman, one of UAF’s leading lights delighted the United ones with readings from her compendious back catalogue of poetry.

Zita Holbourne is a busy lady, as may be gleaned from her breathless MySpace profile. She has already made notable contributions to English letters –

“former member of the Brothaman Poetry Collective, former co-host and resident poet of Nu Whirled Voyces and former member of the management board of Scribes UK”.

But her literary ambitions know no ceiling, nor any barriers:

“I write to inspire, heal, educate, inform, express, campaign.”

She has had many enthralling experiences, and met some great minds. She has performed at the Wales Diversity Awards, the TUC Black Workers Conference, on Colourful Radio and Sky Television’s Where It’s At. She has appeared “alongside world slam champion, Kat Francois”, at the “Love Music Hate Racism London concert at Broadway Theatre, Barking, London” (postcode unaccountably omitted) and at “From One Exile to Another – The Caribbean Connection @ the Poetry Cafe, London Performed at disPLACEment Festival @ the Arts Bar organised by Arts 4 Human Rights, London” (postcode @gain omitted). She is a member of the TUC’s Race Relations Committee and the Action for Southern Africa National Executive Council. As if these occupations were insufficient recommendation, she is   Continue reading

Mr. President

By Madeson Penny

Dear Mr. President
Stop placing blame
These tactics are unbecoming
And frankly quite lame

Truly gifted leaders
When confronted with problems
Rapidly respond
And ardently resolve them

Chronic rabbit trailing
Railing about the last eight
Is this the legacy
You’re trying to create?

A self-congratulatory
Narcissistic story
Government imposed authority
No need for political allegory

Let’s set the record straight
This isn’t about color or race
Finally a black President!
But he’s a radical socialist
What a shameful disgrace

How about all those czars
Running GM, making cars
Banks are bailed
Stimulus failed
Economy in the tank

Obama care, pushed upon the nation
A rationed health care invasion
Eventual single-payer system
“Death panel” commission?

Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security
Incompetent Congress abusing its authority
In the red and almost broke
This is our children’s future; it’s not a joke

But did they forget to mention
Somebody’s gotta pay . . .
If it’s not you and I
Our children will some day

Instead of being there, when we reach maturity
They’re spending it fast, our hard earned money
Taxing and borrowing with haste and fury
Hell, China practically owns us
I’m sure that’s no cause for worry

Doggerel delights

Doggerel delights

Derek Turner

When words won’t come, it is salutary to remember that real writers had off-days too. So I resort to a brilliant 1930 book, The Stuffed Owl: An Anthology of Bad Verse, edited by D. B. Wyndham-Lewis and Charles Lee. Wordsworth had many off-days. The author of Upon Westminster Bridge was also responsible for

“Spade! With which Wilkinson hath tilled his lands”


“Oh! What’s the matter? What’s the matter?
What is’t that ails young Harry Gill?
That evermore his teeth they chatter,
Chatter, chatter, chatter still!”

Then there was the active insect he once observed,

“A fly that up and down himself doth shove.”

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Feminists Complain Lindsey Vonn Is Treated Like a Woman

The lovely Lindsey Vonn is to be honoured by appearing on Sports Illustrated‘s Feb. 8, 2010 cover, but Women Talk Sports is concerned this might be due in part to her beauty and not fully her athletic ability…

Over the last 60 years researchers have shown that about 4% of all SI covers have portrayed women.

When females are featured on the cover of SI, they are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action–and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception.

However there aren’t many Billie Jean Kings (29 yr. old woman defeated 55 yr. old man); few women can compete with men athletically. We watch in part because they’re lovely. Take Anna Kournikova: she was tremendously popular because of her beauty.
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Marxeocon Correct’s Frum’s Propaganda But Goofs on Kipling

Marxeocon caught Frum erring in his propaganda: Frum quotes a real conservative! Kipling, along with the rest of the right, is supposed to fall down the memory hole.

I give credit to Marxeocon for knowing his anti-American propaganda points, but he goofs on Kipling. In Kipling’s “If“: “tools” refers to actual worn out tools, not people to manipulate and use… A craftsman buys new tools if he can afford them or makes do with worn out tools if he can’t. That’s the meaning – nothing more.

In “The Young British Soldier“, Kipling is too honest for Marxeocon’s tastes. Marxeocon doesn’t want “conservatives” to realise just how Hellish war is – doesn’t want them to realise what they’ve put their volunteer soldiers in. Kipling of course isn’t saying “screw them” as Marxeocon claims; Kipling is telling soldiers exactly what to expect: war is Hell. Continue reading