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Since it is Halloween, I thought I would use one of Kipling’s ghost stories. This one is a preface to one of the poems in Rewards and Fairies. Seawriter More

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I always liked this poem because it is about the attitudes of government bureaucracies in general, not just the military or naval forces. During my years as a contractor at Johnson Space Center, I often saw civil servants (an oxymoron, if there ever is one) behave in the manner expressed in this poem. Seawriter More

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A poem that is classic Kipling – focusing on the British Army and the men who serve in it. Yet it is more than a story about the army. It also encapsulates Kipling’s belief self-discipline is the key to success. The three Hindustani phrases that first appear in the second verse: abby-nay — “not now”, kul — […]

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Another Kipling poem I will bet most have never read. It was included in Departmental Ditties and Other Verses. This is a change of pace. Kipling was not always serious. He has several marvelous humorous poems, this among them. And, as it involves remote communications technology, I felt it fitting in an Internet forum. More

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I try to be a cultured guy, I really do. When I read that a poet has won the Doodle Brand Endowment for Outstanding Poetry of Year, I usually check out his or her (or whatever other gender happens to be pertinent) poetry on the net or at the library and I usually come away […]

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Post your Memorial Day-related poems or links to poems appropriate to the day here. Here is one of mine. It is actually from an upcoming science-fiction book and presented as written by one of the characters, but it is appropriate to the day: The Flowers of France More

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Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade How cold steel is, and keen with hunger of blood; Blue with all malice, like a madman’s flash; And thinly drawn with famishing for flesh More

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April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S. I haven’t seen any mention here yet of that subject, so I would like to issue a Ricochet poetry challenge. Write a poem on any subject you would like and in any form. That is all there is to the challenge. You can post it here or in a separate thread if you think it deserves one.

Now, some might argue that the world has too much bad poetry already. But in defense of bad poetry, it sometimes leads to better poetry from the writer in the future. I’ve been writing poetry for more than 40 years, and when I started, it was all bad. Now, just most of mine is bad. Or in the words of my old friend Dave Steinke:

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