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"Windy Speech Which Hits All Around the Mark like a Drunken Carpenter"

Sometimes I spend hours lost in the most ridiculous projects...


I do not know why, but I wrote some kind of poem using only one phrase from each letter of a 1917 book titled Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases: A Practical Handbook Of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, And Oratorical Terms, For The Embellishment Of Speech And Literature, And The Improvement Of The Vocabulary Of Those Persons Who Read, Write, And Speak English.


And Dusk, with breast as of a dove, brooded

Balmy in manner as a bland southern morning

Chaste as the icicle

Dear as remembered kisses after death

Each like a corpse within its grave

Faces pale with bliss, like evening stars

Gone like a glow on the cloud at the close of day


He danced like a man in a swarm of hornets

Incredible little white teeth, like snow shut in a rose

Jealousy, fierce as the fires


Kindly mornings when autumn and winter seemed to go hand in hand like a happy aged couple

Like young lovers whom youth and love make dear

Moving in the same dull round, like blind horses in a mill

Now memory and emotion surged in my soul like a tempest

Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud

Pure as the snowy leaves that fold over the flower's heart

Questions and answers sounding like a continuous popping of corks

Reflected each in the other like stars in a lake

Soft vibrations of verbal melody, like the sound of a golden bell rung far down under the humming waters

Then it swelled out to rich & glorious harmonies like a full orchestra playing under the sea

Unconscious as an oak-tree of its growth

Vibrations set quivering like harp strings struck by the hand of a master

With a sting like a scorpion



You are as gloomy to-night as an undertaker out of employment


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Taken on November 29, 2007