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Famous Son Of A Gun Poems by Famous Poets

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...grasshoppers struck us in ninety-one 
And what they leave -- well, it ain't de luxe. 
But a growlin' fault-findin' son of a gun 
Who'd lent some money to stock our run -- 
I said they'd eaten what grass we had -- 
Says he, 'Your management's very bad; 
You had a right to have kept some ducks!' 

"To have kept some ducks! And the place was white! 
Wherever you went you had to tread 
On grasshoppers guzzlin' day and night; 
And then with a swoosh they rose in flight, 
If y...Read More

by Edgar, Marriott
...d do owt about it, 
He'd sneezed Albert out on the floor. 

The Captain went white to the wattles, 
He said, “I'm a son of a gun”. 
He had heard of beasts bringing up children, 
But were first time as he'd seen it done. 

He soon had the radio crackling, 
And flashing the tale far and wide, 
Of the lad who'd set out for Australia, 
Stowed away in a lion's inside. 

The quay it were jammed with reporters, 
When they docked on Australian soil. 
They didn't p...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...JACK was a swarthy, swaggering son-of-a-gun.
He worked thirty years on the railroad, ten hours a day,
and his hands were tougher than sole leather.
He married a tough woman and they had eight children
and the woman died and the children grew up and
went away and wrote the old man every two years.
He died in the poorhouse sitting on a bench in t...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...cavalry Colonel swanks 
When he goeth abroad like a gilded nut to receive the General's thanks; 
The Ordnance man is a son of a gun and his lists are a standing joke; 
You order, "Choke arti Jerusalem one" for Jerusalem artichoke. 
The Medicals shine with a number nine, and the men of the great R.E., 
Their Colonels are Methodist, married or mad, and some of them all the three; 
In all these units the road to fame is taught by the Army schools, 
But a man has got...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...ere a hundred years are done 
With arsenals west of the mountain range and every spur its gun. 
And many a rickety son of a gun, on the tides of the future tossed, 
Will tell how battles were really won that History says were lost, 
Will trace the field with his pipe, and shirk 
the facts that are hard to explain, 
As grey old mates of the diggings work the old ground over again -- 
How `this was our centre, and this a redoubt, 
and that was a scrub in the rear, 
And thi...Read More

by Simic, Charles
...ding itself.
It touched you once, twice,

And tore like a stitch
Out of a new wound.


What are you up to son of a gun?
I roast on my heart's dark side.

What do you use as a skewer sweetheart?
I use my own crooked backbone.

What do you salt yourself with loverboy?
I grind the words out of my spittle.

And how will you know when you're done chump?
When the half-moons on my fingernails set.

With what knife will you carve yourself smartass?
The o...Read More

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