POLICE POEMS

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The Need For A Depression Detecting Machine.....

"You are an useless piece of shit..."
"You have no right to live on this earth..."
The voices kept on saying to her....
"Why,on earth, have you taken birth..."
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Shrush

Shrush
Unborn Baby Of Kashmir

Unborn Baby Of Kashmir

Sweet Akànandun!
When you come out , you’ll find:
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Mohammad Younus

Mohammad Younus
Welcome Son

I welcome you my son on earth
More especially in this continent of Africa
In a village of which her people are only warm to foreigners
Feel free my son, I am here for you
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Blessed-grant Rodi

Blessed-grant Rodi
Jumbo Jet

I saw a little elephant standing in my garden,
I said 'You don't belong in here', he said 'I beg you pardon?',
I said 'This place is England, what are you doing here?',
He said 'Ah, then I must be lost' and then 'Oh dear, oh dear'.
.....

Spike Milligan
The Runners

News!
What is the word that they tell now, now, now!
The little drums beating in the bazaars?
They beat (among, the buyers and the sellers)
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
A Goodnight

Go to sleep-though of course you will not-
to tideless waves thundering slantwise against
strong embankments, rattle and swish of spray
dashed thirty feet high, caught by the lake wind,
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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams
Running Amok

In the slums of Tondo, people dwell
in shacks of cardboard, bits of bamboo,
corrugated metal, and a few cement blocks.

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Nick Carbo
My Friends

The man above was a murderer, the man below was a thief;
And I lay there in the bunk between, ailing beyond belief;
A weary armful of skin and bone, wasted with pain and grief.

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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Walnut Tree

my head foaming clouds, sea inside me and out
I am a walnut tree in Gulhane Park
an old walnut, knot by knot, shred by shred
Neither you are aware of this, nor the police
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Nazim Hikmet
September 1, 1939

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
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W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
Unrequited

Parachuting
down through clouds
shaped like whales & sharks,
dolphins & penguins,
.....

Erica Jong
Banjo Dog Variations

Tramps on the road: floating clouds. OLD CHINESE POEM

1

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Donald Justice
Crapshooters

SOMEBODY loses whenever somebody wins.
This was known to the Chaldeans long ago.
And more: somebody wins whenever somebody loses.
This too was in the savvy of the Chaldeans.
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Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
The Ballad Of Salvation Bill

'Twas in the bleary middle of the hard-boiled Arctic night,
I was lonesome as a loon, so if you can,
Imagine my emotions of amazement and delight
When I bumped into that Missionary Man.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Identification In Belfast

(I.R.A. Bombing)

The British Army now carries two rifles,
one with rubber rabbit-pellets for children,
.....

Robert Lowell
Sonnet With The Compliments Of The Season

of a strike at Christmas.

I know you. You will hail the huge release,
Saying the sheathing of a thousand swords,
.....

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The Portrait In The Rock

Oh yes I knew him, I spent years with him,
with his golden and stony substance,
he was a man who was tired -
in Paraguay he left his father and mother,
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Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda
Dirty Ol- Me

Well I was sittin' up in my crane leftin' boulders in the rain
Can't get promoted no matter what I do
Ah when the forman he comes around and he yells up from the ground
He says hold that load up there for a minute or two
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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
The Tour

Thirteen as twelve my Murray always took--
He was a publisher. The new Police
Have neater ways of bringing men to book,
So Juan found himself before J.P.'s
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
For A Thirteenth Birthday

You have read War and Peace.
Now here is Sister Carrie,
not up to Tolstoy; still
it will second the real world:
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Lisel Mueller
Cadet Grey: Canto Ii

I

Where West Point crouches, and with lifted shield
Turns the whole river eastward through the pass;
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Bret Harte

Bret Harte
The London 'bobby'

A Tribute To The Policemen Of England's Capital


Here in my cosy corner,
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Prairie

I WAS born on the prairie and the milk of its wheat, the red of its clover, the eyes of its women, gave me a song and a
slogan.

Here the water went down, the icebergs slid with gravel, the gaps and the valleys hissed, and the black loam came, and the
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Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
Last Chance At Romance

I am not
one of those married men
who tries to pick up girls
in bars,
.....

Jack Conway
The Horrible History Of Jones

Jones had a dog; it had a chain;
Not often worn, not causing pain;
But, as the I.K.L. had passed
Their 'Unleashed Cousins Act' at last,
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton
My Suicide

I've often wondered why
Old chaps who choose to die
In evil passes,
Before themselves they slay,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Infidelity

Three Triangles

TRIANGLE ONE

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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Mob Within The Heart

1745

The mob within the heart
Police cannot suppress
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Kelly Gang

Oh, Paddy dear, and did you hear
The news that's going round,
On the head of bold Ned Kelly
They have placed two thousand pound.
.....

Anonymous Oceania
Personality

Musings of a Police Reporter in the Identification Bureau

You have loved forty women, but you have only one thumb.
You have led a hundred secret lives, but you mark only
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Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
Graceland

Tomb of a millionaire,
A multi-millionaire, ladies and gentlemen,
Place of the dead where they spend every year
The usury of twenty-five thousand dollars
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Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
A Strange Wild Song

He thought he saw an Elephant
That practised on a fife:
He looked again, and found it was
A letter from his wife.
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Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
At The Executed Murderer's Grave

Why should we do this? What good is it to us? Above all,
how can we do such a thing? How can it possibly be done?

--Freud
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James Arlington Wright
In 1969

Some called it the Summer of Love, & although the clustered,
Motionless leaves that overhung the streets looked the same
As ever, the same as they did every summer, in 1967,
Anybody with three dollars could have a vision.
.....

Larry Levis
Bold Jack Donahoe (1)

'Twas of a valiant highwayman and outlaw of disdain
Who'd scorn to live in slavery or wear a convicts chain;
His name it was Jack Donahoe of courage and renown -
He'd scorn to live in slavery or humble to the Crown.
.....

Anonymous Oceania
The Eviction

In early morning twilight, raw and chill,
Damp vapours brooding on the barren hill,
Through miles of mire in steady grave array
Threescore well-arm'd police pursue their way;
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William Allingham

William Allingham
The London 'bobby'

A Tribute To The Policemen Of Englands Capital

Here in my cosy corner,
Before a blazing log,
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Last Will And Testament

Comrades, if I don't live to see the day
-- I mean,if I die before freedom comes --
take me away
and bury me in a village cemetery in Anatolia.
.....

Nazim Hikmet
The Secret Police

They are listening in the wires,
in the walls, under the eaves
in the wings of house martins,
in the ears of old women,
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Ken Smith
Clothes

Walking back to the office after lunch,
I saw Hans. -Mister Isham, Mister Isham,�
He called out in his hurry, -Herr Wegner needs you.
A woman waiting for a border pass
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Edgar Bowers
Bold Jack Donahoo

In Dublin town I was brought up, in that city of great fame
My decent friends and parents, they will tell to you the same.
It was for the sake of five hundred pounds I was sent across the main,
For seven long years, in New South Wales, to wear a convict's chain
.....

Banjo Paterson
A Legend Of The Foreign Office

This is the reason why Rustum Beg,
Rajah of Kolazai,
Drinketh the "simpkin" and brandy peg,
Maketh the money to fly,
.....
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Infidelity

Three Triangles

TRIANGLE ONE

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Robert William Service
O'hara, J.p.

James Patrick O'Hara the Justice of Peace,
He bossed the P.M. and he bossed the police;
A parent, a deacon, a landlord was heâ??
A townsman of weight was Oâ??Hara, J.P.
.....
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
Homework

Homage to Kenneth Koch


If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran
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Allen Ginsberg
Zone

At last you're tired of this elderly world

Shepherdess O Eiffel Tower this morning the bridges are bleating

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Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire
A Drought Idyll

It was the middle of the drought; the ground was hot and bare,
You might search for grass with a microscope, but nary grass was there;
The hay was done, the cornstalks gone, the trees were dying fast,
The sun o'erhead was a curse in read and the wind was a furnace blast;
.....

George Essex Evans
The Black Sheep

"The aristocratic ne'er-do-well in Canada frequently finds his way
into the ranks of the Royal North-West Mounted Police." -- Extract.

Hark to the ewe that bore him:
.....

Robert William Service
Transformation & Escape

1


I reached heaven and it was syrupy.
.....

Gregory Corso
The Lucky Ones

stuck in the rain on the freeway, 6:15 p.m.,
these are the lucky ones, these are the
dutifully employed, most with their radios on as loud
as possible as they try not to think or remember.
.....

Charles Bukowski