"Peter Perez Burdett and his First Wife Hannah" by Joseph Wright of Derby‘Song of Us’ and Other Poetry by by Amy Foreman The Society May 27, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry, Riddles 25 Comments Song of Us Face to face, polite and careful, Tentative we were, and prayerful, Neither one of us would dare pull More from this than met the eye. . . . Yet Side by side we worked together, Hands of flesh with hands of leather, And we slowly pondered whether We should give this love a try. . . . Then Arm in arm before the altar, Stood there steady as Gibraltar, Promised that we’d never falter From those vows until we die. . . . Yes, Hand in hand, we made a good life, Husband, children, livelihood, wife, Couldn’t see from where we stood, strife. Clouds could never mar our sky. . . . But One by one, things came unraveled, On the worn-out road we traveled, Neither one of us could have held Hope for rescue in our cry. . . . . Still, On our knees, before our Maker, Battered, bruised beneath the breaker, Gave it up to our Caretaker, Never understanding why. . . . And Bit by bit, He poured out blessing, In our troubles, so distressing, Every enemy suppressing, Mercy always in supply. . . . Now Grace on grace, we look up higher, Trusting in the great Supplier, Who has brought us through the fire And Who hears us when we cry. . . . So Heart to heart, dear, now I’m saying, After wounds and scars and praying, That I’m glad we’ll both be staying: You’re the apple of my eye. Homophony-baloney: The Ballad of Julius and Inge Can you find all the homophones? “Inge Stotter, oh so lovely, Couldn’t, in your young soul, love Lee. Spurned the warm proposal of Lee. Oh, well,” says I, “Play along. “Use my mallet, red as cherry, it Hits that ball fast as a chariot. Surely you don’t need a chair, yet. You just joined our happy throng. “Did you hear that blackbird croak, eh? Call it ‘raven’ or just ‘crow,’ -kay? But don’t let it stop your croquet, For one minute with its song. “Blast,” I says, “This mallet’s broken, ‘Twas that thief, last night, who broke in, Hope my sister or my bro can Find the culprit before long. “Bet it was that infiltrator, Julius, that sinful traitor, With his shocking nymphile trait, or Brother Buddy; both are strong, “Both have won some relay races With their hens: free layer aces. And their smell real air erases When they’ve run a good furlong. “Did you hear that big commotion When Jules made that Inca motion Where the lake can become ocean If you wave a trident prong? “Well, young Jules is now deep-ending; No parole for Buddy pending. Both on charity depending For the cash to get along. “Yep, they’re jailed for their infraction, Though young Jules is in for action, Not in dec’mal nor in fraction, But in love’s sweet tender song. (For the warden’s youngest daughter, In she walks, Miss Inge Stotter. Jules, he knows this young guest oughter Bid him more than just “so long.”) So he mannerly “adieus” her, And then asks, “Have you a juicer?” “No sir,” says she, “I’m a Jew, sir. “Ah,” he says, “That’s where you’re wrong.” “You’re a lovely, gen’rous girl,” he Softly says, ” . . . and leaving early, Won’t you take me with you, girlie?” “Never!” yells she, loud and long. Amy Foreman hails from the southern Arizona desert, where she homesteads with her husband and seven children. She has enjoyed teaching both English and Music at the college level, but is now focused on home-schooling her children, gardening, farming, and writing. Her blog is theoccasionalcaesura.wordpress.com Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 25 Responses Joe Tessitore May 27, 2018 for Amy, see the poetry princess wield her pen she wounds my poor soul again and again with words that I’ve heard innum’rable times transformed by her into exquisite rhymes that cut to the deep with skill and with speed and touch my cold heart – how warm does it bleed! Reply Amy Foreman May 27, 2018 What an honor to receive an original poem from you, Joe! Thank you, thank you, for those kind and distinct lines of recognition. Bless you! Reply Joe Tessitore May 27, 2018 Thank you for your inspiration David Paul Behrens May 27, 2018 Beautiful poetry, Amy, as usual. An interesting rhyme pattern which I also used in a poem I wrote many years ago. Well done! Reply Amy Foreman May 27, 2018 Thank you, David. Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 27, 2018 What wonderfully clever poems . . . and “Song of Us” is truly moving! Bravo, Mrs. Foreman! Reply Amy Foreman May 27, 2018 Kindest thanks, Father Richard. Reply David Watt May 27, 2018 Both are very clever poems Amy, as I have come to expect from you. ‘Song of Us’ follows a distinctive structure in conveying an inspirational message. Reply Ron Hodges May 27, 2018 I especially like “Song of Us.” It is the kind of poem young people need to read so they understand what a real relationship is. They need a counter to the popular culture’s soul-mate propaganda, and your fine poem does it quite effectively! Reply Amy Foreman May 27, 2018 Thank you, David, for the kind compliment! Reply Amy Foreman May 27, 2018 Definitely, Ron. So many bail out when things get tough, instead of sticking to the promises they’ve made, and reaping the blessings that only commitment can bring. Thank you for your comments! Reply James A. Tweedie May 28, 2018 Explained Omani PC tech Mark Able: “Take care, computers crash if you mar cable.” “And Amy’s poems?” asked Sheik Omar K’abel. “More graceful than a handsome Orca bull,” he said. “Her words? Engrave them–mark a bell: “Rhyming, Rhythmic . . . and Re-markable!” Amy, your inspired, creative, ingenuity never fails to amaze me! Well done, indeed! Reply Amy Foreman May 28, 2018 James, I just read your delightful homophony-baloney to my husband, and we both got a great chuckle out of it! Thanks for the morning smiles . . . “markable,” for sure!! 🙂 Reply james sale May 28, 2018 Good to find a happy ending – and love. Enjoyed it very much. Reply Amy Foreman May 28, 2018 Thank you very much, James. Reply Leo Yankevich May 28, 2018 I enjoyed these both, though I found the highly regular sing-song trochaic metre a little cloying and over-the-top. That said, these both would make great songs and could garner a small penny if submitted to a local newspaper. Reply Amy Foreman May 28, 2018 Thank you, Leo, for your honest appraisal. Actually, I submitted these separately, and sort of forgot that they both were the same meter. Yes, I can see how you might have felt ambivalent about the rhythm after that many lines of it. 🙂 The next few poems I’ve submitted to SCP are iambic pentameter and trochaic heptameter, so, hopefully, they will be more enjoyable for you. Appreciate your thoughts. Reply Monty May 29, 2018 Ya’v done it again, Amy. Let me first tell ya that I literally marvelled at your two earlier poems: ‘Fear’ and ‘Loving my Neighbor’; the first for it’s sheer complexity of discipline (inner rhymes; end rhymes; syllabic equality; none of which is ever detrimental to the overall rhythm) . . . and the second for not only similar disciplines, but also for the globally-powerful sentiment it held; with the potential to make a reader henceforth think twice before judging a neighbour (or judging anyone, for that matter). And now ‘Song of Us’. Another pure masterpiece (for all the above reasons). I’m genuinely in awe of your (obviously natural) ability and imagination to combine multiple disciplines in such a neatly-fitting way; all the time maintaining the general flow . . and (most importantly) in a way that the reader can effortlessly grasp the overall sentiment conveyed. To you I bow. p.s. I must stress that I never use the word ‘masterpiece’ loosely; in your case, the word is highly congruous. Reply Amy Foreman May 29, 2018 Monty, your generous affirmation made my day! What a lovely and gracious compliment: “masterpiece” is high praise indeed! Thank you, with all my heart! Reply Jenni Wyn Hyatt May 29, 2018 I like the rhyme, the rhythm and the sentiments in ‘Song of Us’, Amy, and the homophones in your second poem are very clever! Reply Amy Foreman May 29, 2018 Thank you so much for approbation, Jenni! Reply Wic E. Ruse Blade May 31, 2018 Ms. Foreman, as well as others, must realize how hard it is to keep up with all the tasks of life; such keep me from well-thought-out analyses; for those are on the tail-end of my to-do lists. Still… “Song of Us” is an American answer to Tennyson’s “Lady of Shalott”. If Ms. Foreman’s poem does not reach Tennyson’s brilliance there, still, who else in American literature has come anywhere near? I think of Auden, but then he’s not American. Perhaps someone whose literary depths run deep could inform us of others. The verbal pyrotechniques continue in “The Ballad of Julius and Inge”, one of the best examples of poetry word-play I have ever read. In a final printing, I would drop the the first part of the title, and tag it rather with something like “an homophonium”. What an hodgepodge of diction—19th though 21st century colloquial vocab. It is a wonderful foray into dramatic humour. I feel like I have landed right smack in the middle of a McGuffey Reader for adults as well as children. “The Ballad of Julius and Inge” proves, if one needed any proof, of the fertility of SCP, Mr. Mantyk spotting Ms. Foreman’s poems, and himself the promoter of such riddles and rhymes. Reply Amy Foreman May 31, 2018 Mark Twain is credited with saying, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Well, Mr. Blade, I will be living on the above praise for at least that long! Thank you for the glowing endorsement! I am so tickled that you enjoyed “The Ballad of Julius and Inge,” and that you should mention it in the same sentence with the incomparable McGuffey Reader (which we actually use in our home school) made my day. Thank you, man-of-many-names! Reply Leonard Dabydeen June 7, 2018 Enjoy “Song of Us”, Amy. With a sigh; Such a lovely poem, rich teasing rhyme scheme. Interesting, if I simply follow your theme; So creative, but not much a poet I thought Give it a shot. Why not? So much in life is worth a try. Reply Amy Foreman June 7, 2018 Thank you, Leonard, for your kind words written in symmetrical rhyme! 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.