ENGINEER POEMS

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The Nurses

When, with a pain he desires to explain to the multitude, Baby
Howls himself black in the face, toothlessly striving to curse;
And the six-months-old Mother begins to enquire of the Gods if it may be
Tummy, or Temper, or Pins, what does the adequate Nurse?
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Fate

People easily says that when,
Something bad happens to them,
Its all destined to be happened,
Never thinking of root causes.
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Norbu Dorji

Norbu Dorji
Johnny Boer

Men fight all shapes and sizes as the racing horses run,
And no man knows his courage till he stands before a gun.
At mixed-up fighting, hand to hand, and clawing men about
They reckon Fuzzy-Wuzzy is the hottest fighter out.
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Banjo Paterson
The Ballad Of Cockatoo Dock

Of all the docks upon the blue
There was no dockyard, old or new,
To touch the dock at Cockatoo.

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Banjo Paterson
The Ghost That Jim Saw

Why, as to that, said the engineer,
Ghosts ain't things we are apt to fear;
Spirits don't fool with levers much,
And throttle-valves don't take to such;
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Bret Harte

Bret Harte
Our Pote

A pote is sure a goofy guy;
He ain't got guts like you or I
To tell the score;
He ain't goy gumption 'nuff to know
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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Patriot Engineer

'Sirs! may I shake your hands?
My countrymen, I see!
I've lived in foreign lands
Till England's Heaven to me.
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George Meredith

George Meredith
The First Surveyor

"The opening of the railway line! -- the Governor and all!
With flags and banners down the street, a banquet and a ball.
Hark to 'em at the station now! They're raising cheer on cheer!
'The man who brought the railway through -- our friend the engineer.'
.....

Banjo Paterson
The Ancient Town Of Leith

Ancient town of Leith, most wonderful to be seen,
With your many handsome buildings, and lovely links so green,
And the first buildings I may mention are the Courthouse and Town Hall,
Also Trinity House, and the Sailors' Home of Call.
.....

William Topaz Mcgonagall
Guild's Signal

Two low whistles, quaint and clear:
That was the signal the engineer-
That was the signal that Guild, 'tis said-
Gave to his wife at Providence,
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Bret Harte

Bret Harte
Ramon

Refugio Mine, Northern Mexico


Drunk and senseless in his place,
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Bret Harte

Bret Harte
Sappers

When the Waters were dried an' the Earth did appear,
("It's all one," says the Sapper),
The Lord He created the Engineer,
Her Majesty's Royal Engineer,
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Poems Of Joys

O TO make the most jubilant poem!
Even to set off these, and merge with these, the carols of Death.
O full of music! full of manhood, womanhood, infancy!
Full of common employments! full of grain and trees.
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Birdwatchers Of America

Itâ??s all very well to dream of a dove that saves,
Picassoâ??s or the Popeâ??s,
The one that annually coos in Our Ladyâ??s ear
Half the worldâ??s hopes,
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Anthony Evan Hecht
The Pretty Lady

He asked the lady in the train
If he might smoke: she smiled consent.
So lighting his cigar and fain
To talk he puffed away content,
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Robert William Service
To A Southern Statesman

IS this thy voice whose treble notes of fear
Wail in the wind? And dost thou shake to hear,
Actæon-like, the bay of thine own hounds,
Spurning the leash, and leaping o'er their bounds?
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
The Front Seat

When I was but a little lad I always liked to ride,
No matter what the rig we had, right by the driver's side.
The front seat was the honor place in bob-sleigh, coach or hack,
And I manoeuvred to avoid the cushions in the back.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
Subterranean Phantasies

I died. As meekly in the earth I lay,
With shriveled fingers reverently folded,
The worm-uncivil engineer!-my clay
Tunneled industriously, and the mole did.
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Ambrose Bierce
The Mummery

THE TWO CAVEES


DRAMATIS PERSONAE.
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Ambrose Bierce
Cackle

Oh, my brothers do not wrangle.
When the sweets of office dangle
At a most inviting angle
Be polite.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
The Ballad Of The Calliope

By the far Samoan shore,
Where the league-long rollers pour
All the wash of the Pacific on the coral-guarded bay,
Riding lightly at their ease,
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Banjo Paterson
A Song Of Joys

O to make the most jubilant song!
Full of music-full of manhood, womanhood, infancy!
Full of common employments-full of grain and trees.

.....
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
In The Next Street

thereâ??s only ever one argument: his,
bawling out whoever punctuates
the brief intervals his cussing
| interrupts, something unheard, reason perhaps.
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Ken Smith
For Australia

Now, with the wars of the world begun, they'll listen to you and me,
Now while the frightened nations run to the arms of democracy,
Now, when our blathering fools are scared, and the years have proved us right â??
All unprovided and unprepared, the Outpost of the White!
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The Scottish Engineer

With eyes that searched in the dark,
Peering along the line,
Stood the grim Scotsman, Hector Clark,
Driver of "Forty-nine".
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Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
Opening Of The Railway Line

The opening of the railway line...
The Governor and all,
With flags and banners down the street,
A banquet and a ball,
.....

Banjo Paterson
Those Foreign Engineers

Old Ivan McIvanovitch, with knitted brow of care,
Has climbed up from the engine-room to get a breath of air;
He slowly wipes the grease and sweat from hairy face and neck.
And from beneath his bushy brows he glowers around the deck.
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
The Pangolin

Another armored animalâ??scale
lapping scale with spruce-cone regularity until they
form the uninterrupted central
tail row! This near artichoke with head and legs and
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Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore
Crossing The Grand Sierras

All aboard! all aboard!
The hissing breath of the iron steed
Proclaims his wish to be quickly freed;
And soon as the stroke from the bell we hear,
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Henry Clay Work
The Ballad Of The Calliope

By the far Samoan shore,
Where the league-long rollers pour
All the wash of the Pacific on the coral-guarded bay,
Riding lightly at their ease,
.....

Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
Johnny Boer

Men fight all shapes and sizes as the racing horses run,
And no man knows his courage till he stands before a gun.
At mixed-up fighting, hand to hand, and clawing men about
They reckon Fuzzy-Wuzzy is the hottest fighter out.
.....

Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
The Ballad Of Cockatoo Dock

Of all the docks upon the blue
There was no dockyard, old or new,
To touch the dock at Cockatoo.

.....

Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
Opening Of The Railway Line

The opening of the railway line...
The Governor and all,
With flags and banners down the street,
A banquet and a ball,
.....

Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
The Ghost That Jim Saw

Why, as to that, said the engineer,
Ghosts ain't things we are apt to fear;
Spirits don't fool with levers much,
And throttle-valves don't take to such;
.....

Bret Harte (francis)
Don Juan - Canto The Seventh.

O Love! O Glory! what are ye who fly
Around us ever, rarely to alight?
There 's not a meteor in the polar sky
Of such transcendent and more fleeting flight.
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George Gordon Byron
Our Pote

A pote is sure a goofy guy;
He ain't got guts like you or I
To tell the score;
He ain't goy gumption 'nuff to know
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Robert William Service
The Scottish Engineer

With eyes that searched in the dark,
Peering along the line,
Stood the grim Scotsman, Hector Clark,
Driver of "Forty-nine".
.....

Banjo Paterson
The Dam That Keele Built

This is the dam that Keele built.
This is the stream that brought the water to fill the dam that Keele built;
This is the Water and Sewer Brigade,
That measured the stream that brought the water to fill the dam that Keele built;
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Banjo Paterson
The Dam That Keele Built

This is the dam that Keele built.
This is the stream that brought the water to fill the dam that Keele built;

This is the Water and Sewer Brigade,
.....

Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
From A School Anthology

1. E. Larionova
E. Larionova. Brunette. A colonel's
and a typist's daughter. Looked
at you like someone studying a clockface.
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Joseph Brodsky
The First Surveyor

"The opening of the railway line!, the Governor and all!
With flags and banners down the street, a banquet and a ball.
Hark to 'em at the station now! They're raising cheer on cheer!
'The man who brought the railway through, our friend the engineer.'
.....

Banjo Paterson (andrew Barton)
The Word Of An Engineer

“She's built of steel
From deck to keel,
And bolted strong and tight;
In scorn she'll sail
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James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson
M'andrew's Hymn

Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream,
An', taught by time, I tak' it so -- exceptin' always Steam.
From coupler-flange to spindle-guide I see Thy Hand, O God --
Predestination in the stride o' yon connectin'-rod.
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Mcandrew's Hymn

Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream,
An', taught by time, I tak' it so -- exceptin' always Steam.
From coupler-flange to spindle-guide I see Thy Hand, O God --
Predestination in the stride o' yon connectin'-rod.
.....
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
The Great Conch Train Robbery

'Twas sunset down in old Key West
The locals all were high.
The tourists snapped their photographs
And munched their Key Lime pie.
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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
A Ballad Of The Town Water

It is the Police Commissioners,
All on a winter's day;
And they to prove the town water
Have set themselves away.
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Robert Fuller Murray
Ramon

Drunk and senseless in his place,
Prone and sprawling on his face,
More like brute than any man
Alive or dead,
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Bret Harte (francis)
Guild's Signal

Two low whistles, quaint and clear:
That was the signal the engineer
That was the signal that Guild, 'tis said
Gave to his wife at Providence,
.....

Bret Harte (francis)
The Pretty Lady

He asked the lady in the train
If he might smoke: she smiled consent.
So lighting his cigar and fain
To talk he puffed away content,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Hell Is A Lonely Place

cancer of the
mouth.
there were
operations, radiation
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Charles Bukowski