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Silkenreindeer
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I'm currently working on, er, a Villanelle Villifying Vatican City. It's taking a while.

ETA:
Here it is.

A Villanelle Villifying Vatican City
The leader in theocracy,
A nation governed by the Pope,
is a threat to world democracy.

A stronghold of hypocrisy,
where priests their youthly charges grope,
this leader in theocracy!

Your God-given autocracy
which governs by religious trope
is a threat to world democracy.

A bible-backed androcracy
where women cannot dare to hope
to be leaders in theocracy.

Your hubristic world papacy
cannot with modern living cope!
It's a threat to world democracy.

America may supplant thee,
if God fulfills King Dubya's hope,
as leader in theocracy
and a threat to world democracy.


So it's forced, and inaccurate, and offensive. Fits in this thread perfectly!

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Richard W
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Epic Eviscerating Egypt

I journeyed far to Africa
The pyramids to see.
A man approached in Cairo, "Sa-
-hib, I can help" said he

"A camel, yes? My daughter too,
"Bargain price" he leered.
"I throw in hashish just for you."
My good will disappeared

A throng arrived, all shouting offers
The heat beat down the while.
They stole my cash to fill their coffers;
I fled toward the Nile

The stinking water, fetid air
Combined to make me wonder
What the hell was I doing there?
It seemed a massive blunder


... unfortunately my hard drive crashed at this point and lost the middle 3000 stanzas, but they were truly epic, I can assure you ...

So home at last, I am dead beat;
I've never felt much worse.
Condemned to hours on the toilet seat
By Tutankhamen's curse


Hi thenk you. Now I've done as many as Silkenray, I think I'll stop for a bit! ... D'oh! She posted another while I was writing this!

(edit) I'm learning from this thread, anyway - I'd never heard of a Villanelle before. I'm impressed.

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wee wifey
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Richard, have you been to Egypt...every word of your epic rang true with me [lol]

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Richard W
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Nope! An unspoken condition of these is that they should be written on the basis of complete ignorance and prejudice...
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Doc J.
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Nope! An unspoken condition of these is that they should be written on the basis of complete ignorance and prejudice...

Ah, well that's where you went wrong . . . 43.7 % of your Egyptian poem is factually correct. [Wink]
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wee wifey
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Nope! An unspoken condition of these is that they should be written on the basis of complete ignorance and prejudice...

unfortunately you have failed then, as, from my experiences, you were quite accurate [Wink]

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Major D. Saster
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I hate to criticise, but it's much too well written. This style of trashy poem has to be bad as bad can be... I also miss the threatening aspect.

Let's have a try :

Song satirizing Switzerland

Oh you swiss garden gnomes
Who had no war for ages
Fear for your cows and homes
Your banks and all your watches

No oil is to be found
In all your land so rocky
Yet - can you hear the sound
Of our approaching army ?

Surrender, you dumbasses
It's Rummie and his pals
Who come to kick your asses
Because you're liberals


... is it bad enough ?

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Richard W
Ding Dong! Merrily on High Definition TV


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I think you've got it there, Major D. ...

(edit) Is this one any better?

Extra Epic Eviscerating Egypt

To all those towelhaeds in Asia
Aliens built your pyramids, dumbass
You support terrorists
So we'er going to get you

Remember the USS Cole
That was somewhere nearby I think
You wull all die in air strikes

The end. What dose epic mean anyway?

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overlord
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quote:
Originally posted by UE Loyalist:
quote:
The extent of French resistance hase been greatly exaggerated. The fact is that in both World Wars, France collapsed as soon as Germany blew hard at them (as they had previously in the Franco-Prussian War), and in WW-II many of the French actively cooperated; then, after the Liberation, it seemed that EVERYONE claimed to have been in the Resistance.
This seems to be a bit harsh, even for an over-generalisation. The French fought and died defending their land and people. In WWI, the French held the line at Verdun for 4 years. That is far from collapsing. Sure they had problems with mutinies and morale problems. But they held. During WWII they fought until they were run into the English Channel. They too were saved (at least a good many of them) by the "Miracle". They then invaded Normandy with the invading forces on D-Day and were instrumental in the Liberation of their capital.

If you want to put an over-generalised spin on the American participation in both wars "The Americans waited and watched the world torn by war, then when the profit margins started to slip, jumped in to ensure the money would keep coming."

Not fair to the Americans who fought and died, but neither is stating that the French rolled over when the Germans breathed on them.

In my opinion EU Loyalist said it all for me. Having lived in France 1953-1957, I have a better idea of how the French suffered, and how they lived.

As a young man I explored the underground fortifications on the Maginot Line. In those days all that kept people out was a sign stating not to enter-danger of death. I found many hand gernades, rusted, also bunks, articles of moldering clothing, bunks ect. I just looked and never touched.

Normandy beach was full of beached boats, from the D-Day landings.

We in America never had our country destroyed like France was destroyed. We have no idea of the suffering and loss of life.

But, this has already been said.

I consider my three years in France the best of experiences. Back home we could buy a hot dog or hamburger, but in France the food was all new, wine, cheese, pastry, salads, steaks, ham sandwiches on French bread. Food I never saw, or ate back home.

I liked everything about France, and when I came home it was boring. Back in Wyoming we could buy a bowl of chili or take in a movie. zzzzzzzzzzzz

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Ghost on Toast
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Oh God.. I hate to keep this little b*gger of a thread going, especially as our resident troll has crawled back under his French-hating rock but this weekend I spent a lovely few days in France and as we were in the Somme valley we took a tour around a lot of the first world war memorials and I believe now more than ever that France paid a huge price in the wars and I still hate that damn poem.
It was such a humbling experience.

Thats all.

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