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Chorister

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It will soon be the Ship's 10th Birthday. Your poems (connected or loosely connected with this theme) are invited on this thread. Any style of poetry allowed.

As I'm planning on sending a prize to the winner (not sure yet - any suggestions please include at the foot of your entry), a donation to the Organ Fund per entry is welcomed (but not compulsory, your chance of winning doesn't depend on it).

Closing date: midnight on the last day of April.

[ 17. June 2008, 19:45: Message edited by: Chorister ]

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pimple

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Is there a maximum number of lines? (I've got this really cute little 26-verse number in cod-Latin....)

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Chorister

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Nope, just have fun creating them.

For ten long years the ship has sailed,
Across the stormy seas of faith.
Picking up stowaways, shipwrecks, half-drowned rats,
And a fair few pirates along the way.

Holes have appeared in the trusty hull,
And mutinies have threatened to break the crew,
But still the ship sails doggedly on
And those that sail in her vow to stay.


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Sir Kevin
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quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
Is there a maximum number of lines? (I've got this really cute little 26-verse number in cod-Latin....)

Is cod-Latin anything like pig Latin? That is a language I know well.

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pimple

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Not quite. Pig-Latin flies off the pen. Cod-Latin runs swimmingly [Biased]

Another query. Are we allowed more than one attempt?

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Chorister

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As many as you like, dear Pimple.
Poems need to either be submitted in English, or with a translation, like so.

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pimple

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What a wonderful sight! (I think I'll stick to English, on second thoughts...)

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Ariel
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(With apologies to Browning and Carroll)

Half a post, twenty more, another bunch thundered
Across all the boards, and scattered at random,
On the Post Count Thread went the mark of six hundred.
Posts to the right of them, posts to the left of them,
Posters behind them marvelled, or chundered
Or laughed fit to burst, or swore and then cursed
Or scrolled past muttering "I wish s/he would first
Think before posting. Whose ideas have they plundered?"

They that had posted well came through the flames of Hell,
All that was left of them, left of six hundred.
When can their glory fade? O the wild posts they made!
All the world wondered.
Behind shut the shops, the lights sank to rest,
Not a word to each other; they kept the great pace
To see who could first take the lead in the race
And into the midnight they posted abreast.

At Aerschot, up leaped of a sudden the sun,
And against him the cattle stood black every one
"Where’s Aerschot?" cried bystanders, "what’s with each cow?"
Came the reply, "Google’s your friend! Don’t bother us now!"
It was then that an admin and then that a host
Sat up and took notice of who posted the most.
For they had a theory that one posting as Snark
Was none but a troll from the days of the Ark.

And now it was seen there were contenders three
For the coveted spot that many could not
Reach right at the top of the Directory;
The hosts checked to see if there was just one IP.
Dirck posted, Snark posted and Joris and he
Went head to head through some closures of thread
While in hostly bosoms was a stirring of dread,
For they had now found what they’d hoped not to see.

And into the boards rode the admin and host
Awaiting the moment when Snark would blunder
And lo and behold, then Snark happened to post
A post that left shipmates sitting in wonder:
In the midst of Snark’s laughter and trolling and glee
In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
He was softly and suddenly vanished away –
For the Snark was indeed a sock puppet, you see.

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Jahlove
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This bark of Simon, ten long years or more
Has sailed the seas of Christian malcontent
From round the globe, the Gator's folk were sent
In search of strangers' worship - so we saw
Reports about some most peculiar lore.
To seek the weird, the wondrous and to dent
The pompous and the odd their vowed intent
(In secret, so they weren't kicked out the door).
But over time, their Odyssey became
A greater enterprise than first was thought
For fluffy bunnies climbed aboard and then
Tired horses were not safe, small krill fair game
The Trolls got planked whenever they were caught
Long live the ship, for ever and amen.

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Chorister

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Comet has kindly offered to be the judge. But don't worry if you are not a poet Laureate. Enter for the fun of it - multiple entries allowed! - let's celebrate what we have enjoyed about the Ship over the last 10 years.

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pimple

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There once were a number of fora
Frequented by Fritz and Aunt Dora,
Which purported to be
Part of Chris Channittee,
But agnostics and geeks had their quora...

(To be continued)

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MiceElf

Not your average mouse
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Apologies to anyone and everyone who ever put pen to paper to write a pome.

Part One

.................The Ship ..................


In days of old when nights were cold
And nothing much on telly
One man woke up in alarm
His knees shaking like a jelly.

He dreamed of a ship called 'Restlessness'
Adrift on the cyber sea
Which battled controversial waves
And cries of "Heresy"

Glad I'm not on 'That' said he
That wouldn't be my plan
Then God tapped him on the shoulder (saying)
"Simon! - Just the man!"

God handed Si the Captains log
And blessed him as he said
Your mission is to boldly go
Where Angels fear to tread.

He rowed alone the stormy sea
He asked for a navigator
But God was slightly deaf that day
And sent an alligator.

They fixed a light atop the mast
For every fool to see
He played Kumbaya to her (she sang)
Shine Jesus Shine to he.

How soon to the light like moths they drew
The lost, confused, the motley crew
Friendship soon became the measure
Turning driftwood into treasure
And in the sky an Angel sings
Bless this ship of foolish things.

To be continued...........?

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What do we want.... Cure for Obesity
When do we want it.... After Dessert.

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pimple

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O, goody, we could make this one last....and last! [Smile]

2) They spoke of their Masses and Meets;
They boasted their thurifers' feats;
But their pride and their preening
Were not over-weening
When counting the bums on their seats...

(tbc)

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MiceElf

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...................Part Two.......................

Sings (oh no it doesn't) to the tune of
"My Favourite Things"

Posts that are thoughtful, clever or funny
Hell hosts with pitchforks.. A soft fluffy bunny
High Church or no Church each person brings
Something unique to these foolish things.

Heavenly topics where nobody clashes
Hell is the place where hot temper flashes
Eccles will tell you how a choir sings
Adds to the total of these foolish things

In Gadgets for God theres all kinds of wonders
There's seriously weird stuff in sign and blunders
Mystery Worship with all sorts of hymns
These are just more of some foolish things

When real life bites
When your knee stings
When your feeling sad
Just simply remember I.T.T.W.A.C.W.S.
And then you will feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel (hold it)
- Your mileage may vary!- So glad.

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What do we want.... Cure for Obesity
When do we want it.... After Dessert.

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Belisarius
Lord Bountiful of Admin (Emeritus) Delights
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(With apologies to Lord Byron)

It sails in chaos, like a night
Of caffeined highs or drunken lows,
And all that's worst of trivia slight
Within its pages often goes;
Yet fortunately Reason's light
In valiant struggle also shows.

One whine the more, one snark the less,
Would half impair the balanced poise
Which emanates from artful stress
And supersedes the strident noise
That any dogma will express;
What clever means its crew employs.

And on the articles or posts--
Jejeune, outré, or eloquent--
The Authors, Editors, and Hosts
Have much in time and talent spent;
And thus, despite financial ghosts,
Through ten years Ship of Fools just went.

[ 31. March 2008, 21:23: Message edited by: Belisarius ]

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Chorister

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Tubbs has offered to be the second judge. [Smile]
Meanwhile, there's plenty of time to keep those creative phrases flowing.....

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pimple

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Can't compete with the posh guys. Going for quantity rather than quality -

3. There were boards where they played Snakes amd Ladders;
A pit - full of scorpions and adders;
While the more intellectual
Sought for effectual
Theses to cheer up the sadders.

(tbc)

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Loquacious beachcomber
Shipmate
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What a friend we have in Simon,
All our heresies to bear,
What a privilege to post deep thoughts
On a Ship's forum anywhere!
Oh what arguments we forfeit,
Oh what jokes we all could share,
We can all find true fulfillment
When our cyber-thoughts we share.

Have you trials and temptations?
Spew about them on the Ship.
Just respect the Hosts and Admins,
They won't tolerate your lip.
Can we find other friends so faithful,
Who our creativity won't clip?
They will answer even troll posts,
Should our wisdom one day slip.

Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Screw 'em! Come to Ship of Fools.
In their cyber-arms they'll shield you,
Here, where unrest always rules.
Play The Circus, dance in Heaven,
In All Saints you can cry pools,
In Purgatory you can be stubborn,
It is frequented by mules.

There! That oughta do it! Did I win a treadmill?

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pimple

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4) There were questions and answers galore:
Was it forty days' raining or more?
Did He write in the sand
With His own - or God's - hand?
What exactly are Archbishops for?

(tbc)

[ 26. March 2008, 17:45: Message edited by: pimple ]

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pimple

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5) There were some with quite literal minds,
Who spoke, not with mouths, but behinds;
But the spiritual leaven
Worked wonders in Heaven
With blessings as varied as Heinz'

6) There were people called Admins. And Hosts
Who kept a keen eye on the posts:
"Now don't be a jerk,
For you don't have the perk
Of your own private unholy ghosts..."

(tbc - er, how much time have I got?)

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pimple

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7) And they usually took it quite well -
The ones who were roasted in Hell;
For they hopefully reckoned
That Charity beckoned
(For some, even chocolate as well [Smile] )

[ETA tbc]

[ 27. March 2008, 11:24: Message edited by: pimple ]

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pimple

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8) And some tried pure logic as levers
To topple the faith of "receivers"
And some who were planked
Claimed divine right - the sanct-
ification of all true believers.

[You will, I hope forgive the generous portion of poetic license I am affording myself. I utterly refuse to pronounce "levers" as "levvers", though]

[tbc]

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Chorister

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quote:
Originally posted by pimple:


(tbc - er, how much time have I got?)

big clue: look at the OP [Biased]

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Ancient Mariner

Sip the ship
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Grateful thanks to Chorister for starting a great thread and competition.

I can confirm that Ship of Fools will send a Bobblehead Jesus to the winner.


[Cool]

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Pants

Emergency underwear
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(Haiku just in case anyone was wondering!)

Ship of fools. What is
The line we so love to hear?
ITTWACW.


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pimple

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9. There were some who ignored the OP,
And got totally lost by page three;
But the hosts reined them in
With the sly suggest-chin
That their shipmates were taking the wee... [Biased]

[Edited to replace redundant rhyme. See

[ 27. March 2008, 19:50: Message edited by: pimple ]

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10) There were serious issues. A wealth of.
The Church. The Republic. The health of.
And how the worst Trolls
Infiltrated their dolls
(AKA their Sock-Puppets). The stealth of.

(tbc)

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Jahlove
Tied to the mast
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there once were some fools and their ship
who thought they were terribly hip
but Il Papa said "well,
I shall see them in hell
for their rudeness and impious lip"

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11) There were some who refused to mature,
And were always (like children) so sure
Of their prodigy status,
Their mental hiatus
Was painful (behind) to endure.

12) But then others were worthy and wise,
Who could see things with other folks' eyes,
And on matters like Trinity,
Love, and Infinity,
Said "Baby Jesus, too, cries..."

(tbc)

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Autenrieth Road

Shipmate
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quote:
Originally posted by pimple:
I utterly refuse to pronounce "levers" as "levvers", though

There once was a Shipmate named pimple
Who explained, with a mischievous dimple,
"In this endeavour
I'm the humble recevver
Of a gift for poetry. Simple!"

Then up popped Autenrieth Road
To question what she'd been told.
"Are you sure you never
Pronounce the word lever?
For your rhyming, what does this bode?"

Replied the industrious cyst,
"I'll explain it if you insist.
I break out in a fever
Unless I hear lever.
Your pronunciation will hardly be missed."

At this the inquisitive street,
Taking a comfortable seat,
Fell into a reverie
On the word lever. She
Wouldn't admit she was beat.

But think of poor comet and Tubbs,
Reading these sonnets in pubs.
'Gainst writing as hackneyed
As Road's, they thought acne'd
Made fewer poetical flubs.

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pimple

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Hmmm. "Ship's Industrious Cyst"? Wonder how that would look under a new avatar? [Smile]

[ 28. March 2008, 13:16: Message edited by: pimple ]

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Jahlove
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The Ship and the crew
As any fule gnu
Were divided from fo'c's'le to aft
Heathens said "lo!
they are bonkers, you know
and apart from that all of 'em's daft"

The ship's cat, meanwhile,
Could not hide a smile
At these antics of standing and kneeling.
He purred and he grinned
As the crew cried "we've sinned"
And he lolled as he watched from teh Ceiling.

The fools waved and danced
And some were entranced
And their amalgam fillings turned gold
But Ceiling said "look -
I has gived u a book
It tells all there is to be told"

So the fools read the verse
Which made everything worse
They argued of rho, tau and sigma.
Each one of them said
"You are lame in the head
For mine is the only kerygma"

Some stayed in teh Basement
With toasters and raisins
Some chanted in long or short metre.
Some squabbled all night
As to who had the right
To call themselves heirs of St Peter.

Then Ceiling Cat mewed
"You has all got ur fud
Now kindly sits down and share
Mi kitteh is yours
He will help with the chores
Of your lifes so no need to despair"

The shippies said, "true
We should all be like you"
And on this they were all of one mind.
When the Last Day arrived
They found they'd survived
And nobody got Left Behind.

Teh moral, mi frendz
Is that when it all endz
And we meet at the Heavenly Table
We all have a place
Through the goodness and grace
Of the love which is more than a label.

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[Overused] [Killing me] [Overused]

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13) "Religion and politics mix" -
An assumption not banned in the Styx,
For all subjects mundance,
Whether pi or profane,
Were allowed. So were jokes. So were pics.

14) Thirteen thousand and more signed their names
To the right to be shot down in flames
(Metaphorically speaking) -
Shout "Jump! The Ship's leaking!" -
Share recipes, sob, or play games...

(tbc)

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Alfred E. Neuman

What? Me worry?
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The Ship, I'm told, is swift and bold, her sails rigged taught and abled
The crew on deck appear a wreck but truth be told, they're fabled.
Pirates all, both big and small, toothless grinning pedants;
Jaunty hat and brocade tat with crucifix resplendent.

No sailors ere have sailed the Mare with fervor more intent
Their keyboards brandished much like swords with awesome Hellish bent.
No subject mean or droll, it seem, avoid the pirate ire
Though brought to knee by monstrous sea our crewmen never tire.

What? Hey! You say, Gort never plays his sword against sin mighty!
He shuffles dancing on the deck, drunk footwork, shallow flighty.
N'er mind, dear friend, what goal attend this shipmate crass and callow.
The buxom maid in fo'c'sle splayed, her field unfurrowed fallow.

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--Formerly: Gort--

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pimple

Ship's Irruption
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Encore!

15?)When a Shippie insulted the 'gater,
A Host said "I'll speak to you later!"
And had prompt recourse
To a vicious resource -
The Biblical Curse Generator.

{Last kli9ne shuid be in blu or pink tp indicate a l;inkx but the thin g seems to have dissappeared off hte faeces of the Erth....

[tbc when the Chateauneu8f de Pa[pe wearsw oddfdff}]

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Chorister

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quote:
Originally posted by pimple:


hte faeces of the Erth....


Pimple, dear, are you sure this shouldn't have been posted on the 'Most unfortunate typo competition' thread, instead?
[Biased]

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the pilgrim
Ship's Brownist
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The Captain says, "Let us put to Sea,
"And cross to the other side."

So, with a crew of fools to man the oars,
They leave with the evening tide, - that night,

You should see how they row 'gainst the tide.

The wind comes up and the waves grow rough
On their way to those further shores.

But the Captain says only, "Peace, be still."
To the wind and his fools at the oars, - that night.

Speaking peace to those fools at the oars.

But the fools don't listen to their Captain's voice,
They continue to struggle in vain.

The water is calm now, the breeze just a balm,
While their oars they keep thrashing in vain, - that night.

The fools just keep thrashing in vain.

So the Captain just smiles, and goes back to sleep
And lets them thrash merrily on.

He knows that the shore will still be reached
With the coming of the dawn, - that night.

Yes, He'll bring them all in with the dawn.

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pimple

Ship's Irruption
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16) I fell off the wagon in Lent.
I repent. I repent! I REPENT!
(Now they'll hand me out forfeits,
And say "If your paw fits,
Please wear this lead glove we have sent.")

17) Well, I'm sorry, Taff, Jock and O'Farrell,
For the lull in this beautiful carol.
When the wit goes adrift
I must gird up my shift
And go scrape from the base of the barrel... [Frown]

(tbc)

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Pearl B4 Swine
Ship's Oyster-Shucker
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Sail on then, O Ship of Fools
Vessel of our choice;
Chanteys of high praise we raise,
Sailors of one voice.
Admiration, thanks and joy
From our hearts do flow;
Thirteen-thousand strong, we throng thy
Decks, above, below.

Plowing through the mount’nous waves
Rolling to and fro –
Making many-a sailor sick;
Curses freely flow!
“Why’d I ever get aboard this
Crazy, stinking skow?
I thought this was a Christian Ship
But I know better now.”

Delirious, I was carried down
By many helpful hands.
Offered GIN and tea and wine
By folks from many lands.
Th’ Ship’s Café is where I stayed
Content to laugh and play;
Occasionally stepping out
T’go upside and pray.

Religious arguments broke out
Pitting church ‘gainst church.
Pleas for calm and kindliness were
Drown’d by gaudy mirth.
Onlookers cheered as tempers rose, and
Blows and kicks increased,
When a great shadow fell across the
Door, and shouting ceased.

“See ye this rusted anchor, huge, I
hold above your heads?
Its NOT your heads that will receive it
Its every sailor’s dread!”
The crowd dispersed, the strife was o’er.
Admiral Simon swore;
“Scurvy lot of travelers here –
Criminals and whores.”

Next I wandered to a spot
And, quite serene, it be.
Three Munx of Adoration had a
Place where you could see
Th’Holy Host, upon display;
But golly, it was tough
T’be quick enough to get a look
‘Fore the Munk said, “That’s Enough!”
.

To spy a living Munk became
Our daily chore on board.
Each day we watched and hoped and prayed
For our desired reward.
Then Hallelujah! Evidence was
Showed to one and all.
Pictures of Munkly goings-on, in
That plain cement-block hall.

One day the Captain of their squad
Asked for the keys and said
You’re outta here, and packed them all
In a dinghy – thus they fled.
In fact there have been other ‘men’,
(that means ‘a person’, friend)
Who’ve been put off the Ship of Fools
Their sailing days thus end.

And to an end this pome of praise
Must come unto a close.
Hoist glasses high and Bless our Ship
From which all blessing flows.
Ten more at least of sailing years,
Smooth seas without an end,
Be giv’n to our ador-ed Ship-
World without edge, Amen.

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"I intend to live forever, or die trying." - Groucho Marx

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Chorister

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I have another little prize on offer, as well as the bobble-headed Jesus, but I'm sorry I can't tell you about it yet.

You'll just have to trust me that it will be worth it. [Cool]

And 'Happy Ship's Birthday' to all the poets!

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Belisarius
Lord Bountiful of Admin (Emeritus) Delights
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Ship of Fools is Ten today;
But if the cash turns up to pay
Each monthly bill without delay,
It should just go on anyway.

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Animals may be Evolution's Icing, but Bacteria are the Cake.
Andrew Knoll

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pimple

Ship's Irruption
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18) You can cruise on the Ship for a song,
And to stowaway free is not wrong;
But when Shippies are flush,
Let the coffers just mush-
Room (and then we won't have to sell Spong) [Smile]

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pimple

Ship's Irruption
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19) What can anyone give to a child
Who is beautiful, carefree and wild?
Try a dollar or ten
(For each year - and more then!)
And vast plaudits ecstatically piled!

(tbc more moderately.... [Hot and Hormonal] 0

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Chorister

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This poem by Dyfrig, in the style of EJ Thribb - Private Eye, is to be included:


So, Ship of Fools,
you are ten.

Mystery Worship, that is your thing
and you have a bulletin board.

You are edited by Simon Jenkins
(no, not that Simon Jenkins,

the one who writes for the Times -
the other Simon Jenkins).

But I'm leaving – no, don't try and stop me.
I'm definitely going now.

It's all too much.
No, I'm not coming back.

I've had enough.
Hello, everyone – did you miss me?

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Marvin the Martian

Interplanetary
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Chorister has asked me to copy my post from the "Happy Ship Day" thread in All Saints to this one. So I will [Big Grin]

quote:
Happy 10th Birthday, old friend.

To the good times and the bad,
to the prayer warriors and the trolls,
to port and starboard,
to port and whisky for that matter,
to liberal and conservative,
to orthodox and nonconformist,
to apprentice and shipmate,
to [Angel] and [Devil] ,
to [Killing me] and [Waterworks] ,
to witty posts and shitty posts,
to friends we've met and not met yet,
to Heaven and Hell (and all the other boards!),
to posting and hosting, boasting and roasting,
to games and flames and changing names,
to horses dead and trolls well-fed,
to threads for dating, threads for hating,
to threads for verbal masturbating,
to the last 10 years and the next 10 years,
to captain and crew,
to me and to you,
I raise this toast.

CHEERS!

Marvin
...and all who sail in her!

Marvin
Honoured, I'm sure!

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and how high can you fly with broken wings?
Life's a journey, not a destination
and you just can't tell just what tomorrow brings.

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Chorister

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Riff Raff has agreed for his haiku to be included:


Happy 10th birthday Ship of Fools!

A decade of Fools
talking of God and being
silly. Praise the Lord.

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pimple

Ship's Irruption
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20) In the days of gestation and berthing,
Were there doubts in the breeders' self-worthing?
"Are the principles sound?
Will the Ship run aground?
Do our hopes need drift anchors? Or earthing?"

21)Were there times in the earliest days
When women were slammed? And were gays?
Well, by popular choice
A more liberal voice
Consigned puerile 'phobes to The Maze.

22)You're allowed (?say the rules) to convert.
But I have to say I'm pretty cert-
Ain that Catholics true
Never penetrate through
A real Quaker or Orthodox shirt.

23)For while beauty's skin-deep, faith is deeper -
Immune to both Hector and creeper:
You can preach, you can teach;
Only true-love can reach
All those parts that defy the Grim Reaper!

[getting there...]

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the pilgrim
Ship's Brownist
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The people at the church
Across the street from me
Have very rockhard notions about
Christianity.

They don't think so much
Of people who don't see
Eye to eye with rockhard views. To stay,
You must agree.

Not that they are bad,
I feel no need to flee,
I only want more elbow room, with faith
A bit more free.

And so I took a trip,
In fact I put to sea,
To see if there were folks with faith
Reflecting sanity

And that is how I came
On this strange ship to be,
And found the mates who will tolerate
Another fool like me.

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Sir Kevin
Ship's Gaffer
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Our Anniversary

Number Thirty soon
We married very young then:
Both in our 20s

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If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Writing is currently my hobby, not yet my profession.

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