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Murphy's Lesser Known Laws

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Murphy's Lesser Known Laws

"Light travels faster than sound".
A fact that appears quite unique.
Conversely, sometimes people appear to be bright,
until after you hear them speak!

Things don't always stay the same
if you know what I mean?
Consequently, "Change is inevitable".
(except from a vending machine)

Patience can be a misnomer,
so don't let yourself be coerced.
The "Things that come to those who wait",
are what's left, by those that got there first!

To get "Justice by going to trial",
can turn out to be kinda fruity!
You're putting your trust in 12 people,
not smart enough to avoid jury-duty.

What is "a fine and a tax"?
Well friend, it's easy to tell.
A "fine"  is a tax for doing wrong.
A "Tax" is a fine for doing well!

I've gone thru all my poetry notes
and this is the best I can do.
It's probably not what you're looking for, 
but I'll leave that up to you!  


Ralph Taylor






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  1. Date: 9/21/2011 10:08:00 AM
    Interesting view on things, Ralph. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 12:01:00 PM
    Ralph-Love it...just added it as a fav. of mine-now I have two of your as a fav. -Have a good day :)

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 11:13:00 PM
    But ya did well here Ralph, thought provoking too, as murphy might have maybe said, "sidestep what falls on you"

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 9:45:00 PM
    A great poem Ralph. I love the Tax--Fine lines and I love the title, so apt..Well done. cheers Marg.

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 5:19:00 PM
    LOL, lovely witty piece, Ralph. Many congrats : )

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 4:37:00 PM
    Congrats. Ralph on your unique approach. Nicely done. Love, Vie

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 10:49:00 AM
    CONGRATS RALPH ON A SUPER SECOND PLACE WIN WITH WONDERFUL WORDS MY FRIEND..MUCH LUV..

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 9:43:00 AM
    I think this is delightful and would have surely been in the no. 1 division were I the judge. But then I have a quirky sense of humor also. I really enjoyed. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 7:49:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in my contest Ralph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/15/2011 4:30:00 AM
    Ralph , thank u for your awesome haiku. Take care,..Linda

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 10:24:00 PM
    I LOVE your entry to this contest. It's funny and very clever, Ralph.What a pleasure to see this one tonight.

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 9:31:00 AM
    Ralph- this is quite funny. loved tax/fine stanza! I live in Canada :-) Home of misplaced Scots and other 1st and 2nd and 12th generation immigrants from around the world. Fergus hosts Canada's largest highland games and its a short drive from here. The piper who lives downstairs is awesome! We've never met--- I hear him through ductwork...

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 1:38:00 AM
    W I T T Y, ralph and full of substance, ralph.. much enjoyed! :) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 7:16:00 AM
    I thank you so much for supporting my contest Ralph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 12:49:00 AM
    Very witty, Ralph, and I've come to expect that from you. The flaws in our justice system may not be a joke, but I really cracked up reading about "Things that come to those who wait." Very true! You have some clever humourous notes tucked away and displayed here nicely. I'm sure Carol will enjoy this. Best wishes in her contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 12:25:00 AM
    Delightfully funny Poem

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 12:09:00 AM
    Very funny! I enjoyed this very much! Kim

  1. Date: 9/11/2011 11:25:00 PM
    Great !