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52,365.  There was a time

I could have said

Wooder been better

To stay in bed.

But now I say,

‘Let’s get up!’

Why?

Dunno.

Give up.  esias, Time 1996/7

 

 

3,489.  Hey diddle diddle

The cat and the fiddle,

God’s up there,

The devil’s down there

And here am I.

Trapped.

In the middle.  (Life’s Like That & Cat & God & Devil & I & Epigram)  esias, Life is a Steaming Pile of Donkey Doo-Doos c.1996

 

 

52,367.

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52,368.  Fishermen off the island of Tamarind

Wear stone blocks

Around their necks and ankles

Which keep them underwater

Till their deaths.

 

Unless a pearl-minded friend

Bewitched by a spout of mercy

Notices the flute of bubbles

And offers a hand of relief

To prolong the Torture of Life.  (Epigram & Diving)  esias, Pearl Fishers 2007

 

 

52,369.  I have a flea.

 

He lives in the mat

By my feet.

 

I wonder

If he curses God

And hopes to die

 

Like me,

Or maybe Life is rosy

And complete

By sucking the blood

 

Of my feet.

Regurgitates Shakespeare

For fun, this fiend;

Fires his belly i’ the sun.

Live and let live, says the flea.  (Epigram Poems & Flea)  esias, The Penthouse 2009

 

 

96,719.  I was working in the lab late one night

Squinting at a proton with all my might,

The brute double-bumped before my eyes –

And now I'm up for the Nobel Prize!  (Proton & Epigram)  esias, board post 7th January 2016 ‘Smashing Atoms’

 

 

74,772.  And when the gorgeous coffin was laid low,

It seemed the mockery of hell to fold

The rottenness of eighty years in gold.  (George III & Grave & Epigram)  Lord Byron, on burial of George III

 

                                               

50,948.  What is an Epigram?  A dwarfish whole,

Its body brevity, and wit its soul.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834, Epigram

 

 

49,650.  What is a communist?  One who has yearnings

For equal division of unequal earnings;

Idler or bungler, or both, he is willing

To fork out his penny and pocket his shilling.  (Communism & Epigram)  Ebenezer Elliott, Epigram 1850

 

 

50,949.  If, with the literate, I am

Impelled to try an epigram,

I never seek to take the credit;

We all assume that Oscar said it.  Dorothy Parker, Life magazine 2nd June 1927

 

 

1,051.  Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,

A medley of extemporanea;

And love is a thing that can never go wrong;

And I am Marie of Roumania.  (Life’s Like That & Love & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Comment

 

 

1,054.  Guns aren’t awful;

Nooses give;

Gas smells awful;

You might as well live.  (Life’s Like That & Suicide & Guns & Gas & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Resume 1937

 

 

75,269.  If I had a shiny gun

I could have a world of fun

Speeding bullets through the brains

Of the folks that cause me pains.  (Gun & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker

 

 

79,168.  By the time you say you’re his,

Shivering and sighing

And he vows his passion is

Infinite, undying –

Lady, make a note of this:

One of you is lying.  (Lies & Epigram & Romance)  Dorothy Parker, Unfortunate Coincidence 1937

 

 

90,199.  If wild my breast and sore my pride,

I bask in dreams of suicide,

If cool my heart and high my head

I think, How Lucky Are The Dead.  (Suicide & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker

 

 

90,226.  I never see that prettiest thing –

A cherry bough gone white with Spring –

But what I think, How gay ’twould be

To hang me from a flowering tree.  (Suicide & Tree & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep as a Well

 

 

50,950.  Some say, that Signor Bononcini,

Compared to Handel’s a mere ninny;

Others aver, to him, that Handel

Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.

Strange!  That such high dispute should be

’Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.  John Byrom, on feuds between Handel & Bononcini, The London Journal 5th June 1725

 

 

74,777.  God bless the king, I mean the faith’s defender;

God bless – (no harm in blessing) – the pretender;

But who pretender is, and who is king,

God bless them all – that’s quite another thing.  (George III & Epigram)  John Byrom, Extempore Intended to Allay the Violence of Party Spirit

 

 

74,778.  Come all ye foreign strolling gentry,

Into Great Britain make your entry;

Abjure the Pope, and take the oaths,

And you shall have meat, drink, and clothes.  (George III & Epigram)  John Byrom, Four Epigrams on the Naturalization Bill (I)

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