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Favorite Poem?

Apparently the "Writer's Block" feature for LJ last week was to list your favorite poem. I'm not generally big on modern poetry [1], but I am fond of this little verse by William Hughes Mearns:

Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
Oh how I wish he'd go away!

It was written in 1889, but always seems very contemporary to me.

-The Gneech

[1] a.k.a., the Language of Wangst. Classical verse (a la Beowulf or Shakespeare) isn't included in this. One major exception I will allow is for the Romantics (Blake, Shelley, et al.), who while they tended towards the emo, still managed to not suck.

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huskyteer
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Alternatively...
Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I think he's from the CIA.
the_gneech
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternatively...
Good ol' Mad magazine. :)

Yes, that sentiment also works, particularly in this town...

-The Gneech
athelind
Feb. 12th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
William Butler Yeats wrote the best Heavy Metal lyrics of the late 19th and early 20th Century.
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klepsydra
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who didn't care.
He didn't care again today.
I love 'em when they act that way!

(John-Paul Smit)
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