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The Pompous Poet

“O to dwell in the past!” yearned the poet. “How nice!”
“The words of today are so coarse!”
So he wallowed in syphilis, sadness and lice,
Wrote a sonnet, then married his horse. 

He sat with dear Dobbin ‘neath shimm’ring skies,
as they supped on warm ale and hard cheese,
crying “Yonder, the moon shineth o’er the rise!”
“Pray my love, fetch my quill if ye please.”

Deep into the gloaming the poet didst muse,
as the horse she fell weary and bitter,
He cried “Tarry! Thine face is the bounty I choose!”
Dobbin smiled, and then trolled him on Twitter. 



11 May 2019


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Date: 8/23/2019 10:42:00 AM
wow... that's a lot of words I have to look up lololol
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/23/2019 10:44:00 AM
Well at least you don’t have to look up Dobbin ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-x
Date: 6/21/2019 2:10:00 PM
This is really funny! I, myself, am a pompous panjandrum (I hope not as much as I fear). I love iambic pentameter and Shakespeare. My comment is, if one is going to be pompous, then one ought to be thoroughly enjoying it.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 6/21/2019 2:13:00 PM
Yes! Oh, writing like a nineteenth century billow-shirted romantic is so much fun! And the poetry from that era is fabulous - no wonder we yearn to recreate it!
Date: 6/3/2019 8:54:00 PM
Ha ha ha ha ha hilarious I nearly chocked on my cuppa., such a fun poem Nina I think mr pompous poet has left the site but his sidekick is waiting in the wings lol:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 5/31/2019 2:17:00 AM
I had a near-Caren reaction to this poem ('though thankfully my computer screen was spared the cookie clumps! heehee!) LOVE this one!!! ;D
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Date: 5/18/2019 1:34:00 PM
This is such a "Nina" poem! I spit out my coffee, covering my computer screen with loud clumps of cookie and coffee, and started shrieking. You never disappoint me, my friend. Never! So glad I saw this one that had somehow danced past me before today.
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Date: 5/15/2019 4:25:00 PM
Oh, my, you're a pretty merciless Goddess for your characters, Nina. What if your poor poet really married a horse etc. out there somewhere?)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 5/15/2019 4:36:00 PM
Oh it was all the rage in the nineteenth century... get syphilis... marry horse. I’ve never been called merciless before. I thank you!
Date: 5/14/2019 4:28:00 PM
Oh my Nina, your line"So he wallowed in syphilis, sadness and lice," had me roaring with laughter. People from this era cannot imagine the difficulties that faced those living in such conditions. The mere fact that they could not bathe often would make me never want to experience going back in time. This was a hoot! Thank you for the laughter. : )xxoo
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Date: 5/13/2019 3:30:00 PM
OH my, what an awesome end line. he sounds quite horrible having lice and all!! Great parody, Nina.
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Date: 5/13/2019 3:29:00 PM
haha,I liked what you said about my rhyming ability (you Brits have an extra vowel sound unused by Americans, the one you use in "bought") I cannot even SAY it!! it's just a cot vowel to me!!
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Date: 5/13/2019 1:17:00 PM
Ah, the good old days!---of syphilis, lice,...smallpox and measles...Oops, the good old days are now. As the world turns, I'm afraid. ~ gw
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 5/13/2019 1:28:00 PM
Haha quite. We do know how to shoot ourselves in the foot don’t we!
Date: 5/13/2019 12:22:00 AM
That's okay - he'll die from the syphilis soon. Very entertaining and well written, Nina. Love where your mind and pen goes, always a pleasure. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 5/12/2019 7:44:00 AM
Ha ha, I love it. One of the most enjoyable I have read in a while. Also thanks for your visit.
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Date: 5/11/2019 4:07:00 PM
Wow! Might see this as POTD! Excellent! Fave!
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Date: 5/11/2019 3:19:00 PM
Syphilis,sadness, and lice. I'll bet that combo's never been used before. An original line fosho
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Date: 5/11/2019 2:35:00 PM
so much for the pompous past..... for had he been riding his ass...... a limerick he'd see..... amid saddened glee..... is bawdy and ribald not crass.....
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