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Mynahs: a poem

Mynahs

In the early evening sun, the mynahs sit on the syringa tree talking business.

I wish I had a shotgun.

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Gibran, Tagore, Valmiki, Rimbaud, Neruda.

The following are pieces from poems by Kahlil Gibran, Rabindranath Tagore, Valmiki, Rimbaud and Pable Neruda. Practise your disemvowelling.

1. You would know in words that which you have always know in thought.

You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

2.When love beckons to you follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

3. For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides,

4. I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side. The works
that I have in hand I will finish afterwards.

5.In a worldless timeless lightless great emptiness
Four-faced Brahma broods.

6. I have come to the brink of eternity from which nothing can vanish
—no hope, no happiness, no vision of a face seen through tears

7. The mirror of Hortense
Images everything monstrous.

8. Everything seen…
the vision glems in evry air.

9. Who will stir up whirlwinds of furious fire
If we do not, and those whom we call brothers?

10. We must not leave tis place.
around the lip of the cup we share, these words,

11. Which is worth more, a creowd of thousands,
or your own genuine solitude?

12. Don’t worry abut saving those songs!
And if one of our instruments break,
it doesn’t matter.

13. Between shadow and space, between trimmings and damsels,
endowed with a singular heart and sorrowful dreams,

14. It is a single hour long as a vein,
and between the acid and patience of wrinkled time
we pass

15. Scarcely withing my reason, with my fingers,
with slow waters slow inundated,
I fall into the realm of forget-me-nots,

Lesson 254: 15 english poems disemvowelled.

Can you guess the poems and the poets?

I have left smaller words in to make things more readable.

1. My mstrss’ ys are nthng lk th sn;

Crl is fr mr rd thn hr lps’ rd:

2.Whn to th sssons of swt slnt thght

I smmn up rmmbrncs of thngs pst,

3. Le me nt to th mrrg of tr mnds

dmt mpdmnts.

4. Shll I cmpr th to a smmr’s dy?

Th art mr lvly nd mr tmprt:

5. Gthr ye Rsbds whl ye my,

ld Tm is stll a-flyng:

6. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree:

7. Th sea is clm to-nght.

Th td is fll, th mn ls fr

8. Trnng and trnng in th wdnng gyr

Th flcn cnnt hr th flcnr;

9. Smthng thr is tht dsn’t lv a wll,

Tht snds the frzn-grund-swll ndr it,

10. i thnk Yu Gd for mst ths mzng

dy:for the lpng grly sprts of trs

11. Do nt go gntl nt tht gd nght,

ld age shuld brn and rv at cls of dy;

12. The pprton of ths fcs in th crwd;

Ptls on a wt, blck bugh.

13. As cl as th pl wt lvs

of lly-of-th-vlly

Sh ly bsd me in th dwn.

14. Chldrn, if yu dr to thnk

Of th grtnss, rrnss, mchnss,

15. ‘A cld cmng we hd of it,

Jst th wrst tm of th yr