COMPLETE [Fortnightly Poetry] A Pin by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Post by aradlaw » November 23rd, 2016, 4:40 pm

A Pin by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919).

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone" ( Wikipedia)
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OH, I know a certain lady who is reckoned with the good,
Yet she fills me with more terror than a raging lion would.
The little chills run up and down my spine whene’er we meet,
Though she seems a gentle creature, and she’s very trim and neat.

And she has a thousand virtues and not one acknowledged sin,
But she is the sort of person you could liken to a pin.
And she pricks you and she sticks you in a way that can’t be said.
If you seek for what has hurt you—why, you cannot find the head!

But she fills you with discomfort and exasperating pain.
If anybody asks you why, you really can’t explain!
A pin is such a tiny thing, of that there is no doubt,
Yet when it’s sticking in your flesh you’re wretched till it’s out.

She is wonderfully observing—when she meets a pretty girl,
She is always sure to tell her if her hair is out of curl;
And she is so sympathetic to her friend who’s much admired,
She is often heard remarking, “Dear, you look so worn and tired.”

And she is an honest critic, for on yesterday she eyed
The new dress I was airing with a woman’s natural pride,
And she said, “Oh, how becoming!” and then gently added, “it
Is really a misfortune that the basque is such a fit.”

Then she said, “If you had heard me yester eve, I’m sure, my friend,
You would say I was a champion who knows how to defend.”
And she left me with the feeling—most unpleasant, I aver—
That the whole world would despise me if it hadn’t been for her.

Whenever I encounter her, in such a nameless way
She gives me the impression I am at my worst that day.
And the hat that was imported (and which cost me half a sonnet),
With just one glance from her round eyes becomes a Bowery bonnet.

She is always bright and smiling, sharp and pointed for a thrust.
Use does not seem to blunt her point, nor does she gather rust,
Oh! I wish some hapless specimen of mankind would begin
To tidy up the world for me, by picking up this pin!


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Post by tovarisch » November 27th, 2016, 8:49 am

aradlaw wrote:...
This fortnight's poem can be found here.
I couldn't find that poem in that book, but it exists in this book for instance.
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Post by aradlaw » November 27th, 2016, 9:44 am

Thanks for catching that tovarisch.
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Post by tovarisch » November 27th, 2016, 12:00 pm

tovarisch
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Post by aradlaw » November 27th, 2016, 8:14 pm

Thank you tovarsch. :thumbs:
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Post by GregGiordano » November 30th, 2016, 11:33 pm

The deadline for this project is listed as

"If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 0600 GMT Sunday, November 11, 2016. (12:00AM CDT)"

Is it safe to assume that should be December 11?

Thank you for clarifying.

Take care,

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Post by aradlaw » December 1st, 2016, 6:55 am

Yes Greg, Dec. 11 - that's what I get for doing up templates in front of the television. :P
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Post by aradlaw » December 1st, 2016, 10:33 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by GregGiordano » December 2nd, 2016, 8:15 pm

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/pin_wilcox_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 3:20

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Post by WiltedScribe » December 3rd, 2016, 1:37 pm

And my version of this very "pointed" poem: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/pin_wilcox_tp_128kb.mp3 (2:22)
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Post by LenXZ1 » December 3rd, 2016, 4:56 pm

Here is my version of this poem. I think that I have seen a "pin pal" like this before.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/pin_wilcox_llw_128kb.mp3
Duration: 3:07

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Post by aradlaw » December 3rd, 2016, 5:57 pm

Thank you Greg, Matthew, Tomas and Len. :thumbs:
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