Quotes: Poetry to Stimulate Thinking

(a style of writing that can't be translated into the poetry of another language)

Quotations, Mostly in Poetic Format

Crash Register
All those skiers (downhill speedists)
Offer bright prospects to orthopedists.
—Robert Gordon
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson:
One often finds the present tense and the past perfect.
I always take copious notes;
As a memory aid, I need ’em.
But they’d be more helpful later
If only I could read ’em.
—Paul Richards
In current news stories I’ve noticed a trend
That’s gaining increasing exposure;
Situations that formerly came to an end
Now have to be brought to closure.
—Mary Loper
Farewell, tooth fairy-sandman, too.
We leave without apology.
Grown up, we swap kid stuff like you
For channeling and astrology.
—Harold Emery
Thank you for calling.
All our computers are currently helping other customers.
May I transfer you to a person?
—Edward F. Dempsey
Don’t Over Do It
Abstinence merits
Our consideration,
Practiced, of course,
In moderation.
—Henry F. Hill
Contraction Reaction
I hope I do not live to see
The death of the apostrophe.
For readers all will suffer fits
In disentangling its from it’s,
And they may also rave and rant,
Unable to tell cant from can’t;
Not to mention how they feel
When they mix up well and we’ll.

—Majorie Loper, with her response to a news item titled:
“Demise of the apostrophe predicted within 50 years”.

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definitions.

—Eli Khamarov

Flight of Fancy

Many critics believe that poetry demands more imagination than any of the other arts. Among other things, the poet must imagine he can make a living at it.

—Robert Fuoss

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