Archive | December 2, 2018

ON MY SOAPBOX….I realize that people must be over sixty years old to think similarly to the way I think. So…

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WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY

 

….all you smart seniors, listen up. I love poetry. I am not speaking of modern day  poetry. I am certainly not speaking of the modern RAP garbage. Mercy me, they take one word, Cap, for instance….they run through the alphabet..bap, cap, gap, hap, Jap, lap, map, nap, pap, rap, sap, tap, yap, zap. Then they write something like this:

 

Got my map, Got on my cap, Got my hoodie, From the Gap

Gonna get famous, Singing rap, You don’t like rap, Cause you a sap

You don’t like rap, Shut your yap

 

(Then they will jump and flip around in a circle…. as they grab their crotch)

 

Yo mama is a jap, she left yo pap, Come on bro, Let’s  take a lap,

We get tired, we take a nap, We ain’t sappy, We be Happy,

Bap, Bap, Watch me tap, Boodlely, Doodlely, Zoodlely, Zap!!!

 

(Then they will grab their crotch again….. in case you arrived late to their Street Corner Concert and missed their first Crotch Grab.)

 

(( Even funnier….these same street dancers/singers/clowns/people on The View/democrats/etc. will accuse me of having White Guilt, sorry buddy…..I call it White Pride…and it grows bigger by the minute ! ))

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For the next few days, I will be posting, what I consider Poetry. Trust me, No Rap or  Shakespearean verse “Shall enter here.”

I hope you will enjoy the stories in rhyme, titled……Poem For The Day…starting now.

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(I truly wish I could increase the font size on all the posts for Tolleystopics.com. That option is not a possibility due to limitations by wordpress. Perhaps Santa will bring them some updated technology for Christmas.)
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Poem For The Day

 

The Cremation of Sam McGee

Robert W. Service, 18741958

 

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee,
where the cotton blooms and blows
Why he left his home in the South to roam
‘round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold but the land of gold
seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he’d often say in his homely way
that he’d sooner live in Hell.

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way
over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold
it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze
till sometimes we couldn’t see,
It wasn’t much fun, but the only one
to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight
in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead
were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and “Cap”, says he,
“I’ll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I’m asking that you
won’t refuse my last request.”

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no;
then he says with a sort of moan,
“It’s the cursed cold, and it’s got right hold
till I’m chilled clean through to the bone
Yet ‘taint being dead-it’s my awful dread
of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair,
you’ll cremate my last remains.

A pal’s last need is a thing to heed,
so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn
but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day
of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all
that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn’t a breath in that land of death,
and I hurried, horror-driven
With a corpse half hid that I couldn’t get rid,
because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say.
“You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it’s up to you
to cremate these last remains”.

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid,
and the trail has its own stern code,
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb
in my heart how I cursed that load!
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight,
while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows--
Oh God, how I loathed the thing!

And every day that quiet clay
seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent
and the grub was getting low.
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad,
but I swore I would not give in;
And I’d often sing to the hateful thing,
and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge,
and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice
it was called the Alice May,
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit,
and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then “Here”, said I, with a sudden cry, “is my
cre-ma-tor-eum”!

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor
and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around,
and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared
such a blaze you seldom see,
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal,
and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like
to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled,
and the wind began to blow,
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled
down my cheeks, and I don’t know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak
went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow
I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about
ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said,
“I’ll just take a peep inside.
I guess he’s cooked, and it’s time I looked”.
Then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm,
in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile,
and he said, “Please close that door.
It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear
you’ll let in the cold and storm--
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee,
it’s the first time I’ve been warm”.

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
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THE SPHINX—THIS AND THAT

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Here is what the dems want for America,  but they would be burning their sanctuary cities.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6449407/Fresh-violence-Paris-riot-police-use-tear-gas-batons.html

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The Editor:  Is this about politics, LL ?

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=9RP_W9eZCZKosgXu7L2QBA&q=patronize+meaning&oq=patronize&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0l10.2030.7081..10584…0.0..0.129.899.5j4……0….1..gws-wiz…..0..0i131.56QwClGBUf0

Reporter Cat:  No, just interesting stuff.  Here is an article explaining how politicians talk down to some people.  I know it’s hard to believe.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/28/white-liberals-patronize-minorities-downplaying-co/

Helium is in short supply.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/11/27/deflated-excitement-national-helium-shortage-making-party-balloons-hard-to-find/

Everyone has a plan.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/27/cynthia-nance-bias-colors-trump-judicial-nominees-/

I don’t believe much about the New York Slimes.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-data-scientist-cracks-the-code-to-landing-on-the-new-york-times-best-seller-list-2018-11-28

DemocRATs are mentally challenged.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2018/11/28/it-is-shocking-that-i-have-to-explain-this-sec-nielsen-goes-after-myths-about-crisis-at-the-border-n2536652

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Fairy of Eagle Nebula
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA)

Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Featured here is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open cluster of stars. This great pillar, which is about 7,000 light years away, will likely evaporate away in about 100,000 years. The featured image in scientifically re-assigned colors was released in 2005 as part of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Tomorrow’s picture: battling black holes