Author Topic: Crawford Howard poetry  (Read 207 times)

Creaky

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 136
Crawford Howard poetry
« on: January 14, 2018, 11:01:17 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLH9dEr3oI


Does anyone know if Crawford Howard published any of his work?


It's brilliant.
Love will always  change to sorrow, but everyone must play the game. We're here today and gone tomorrow, but the world goes on the same.

stickleback

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4952
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2018, 11:19:59 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLH9dEr3oI


Does anyone know if Crawford Howard published any of his work?


It's brilliant.


Very good rhyming verse poetry.


I've not heard of him before.


The trouble with rhyming verse is that it's constrained by language, making the last word rhyme. We don't think in rhyme mode. Such poetry is enslaved to rhyme, rather than using words in an open-ended way, to open thoughts. Rhyme is the preserve of rappers and is seen as smart by most of the younger generation, but it is much less imaginative and much easier to do than to write meaningful open-ended poetry.

belle

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 25262
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 02:13:07 PM »
I have never heard of him, Creaky. I have to say i enjoyed that!

I love Dylan Thomas and the WW1 poets.
Love like you've never been hurt,
Dance like no one's watching,
Sing like no one can hear you.

Creaky

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 136
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2018, 02:56:41 PM »
Yes Belle, good stuff. I enjoy comic poetry myself. Stuff like "The Common Cormorant or [censored]" by Christopher Isherwood and "I eat my peas with honey" by that prolific author "Anon" spring to mind.
Love will always  change to sorrow, but everyone must play the game. We're here today and gone tomorrow, but the world goes on the same.

James James

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9501
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 07:24:54 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLH9dEr3oI

Does anyone know if Crawford Howard published any of his work?  It's brilliant.
Well !,... funny that you should say that,... literally so,... and I know a little song of his,... and  it's very very very Belfast, and in more ways than one.  ::) https://tinyurl.com/y6voljoa

belle

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 25262
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 07:46:05 AM »
Yes Belle, good stuff. I enjoy comic poetry myself. Stuff like "The Common Cormorant or [censored]" by Christopher Isherwood and "I eat my peas with honey" by that prolific author "Anon" spring to mind.

Edward Lear always makes me smile, too.
Love like you've never been hurt,
Dance like no one's watching,
Sing like no one can hear you.

gray_marian

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 997
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 02:12:40 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLH9dEr3oI


Does anyone know if Crawford Howard published any of his work?


It's brilliant.


If I remember correctly Creaky he had a slim volume published a long time ago and now out of print. Apparently there are CD's available, here's another to keep you going. ;)



ST. PATRICK AND THE SNAKES
by
Crawford Howard
You've heard of the snakes in Australia
You've heard of the snakes in Japan,
You've heard of the rattler - that old Texas battler
Whose bite can mean death to a man.
They've even got snakes in old England -
Nasty adders all yellow and black -
But in Erin's green isle we can say with a smile,
They're away... and they're not coming back!

Now years ago things was quite different
There was serpents all over the place.
If ye climbed up a ladder ye might meet an adder
Or a cobra might leap at your face,
If ye went for a walk up the Shankill,
Or a dander along Sandy Row,
A flamin' great python would likely come writhin'
And take a lump outa yer toe!

Now there once was a guy called St. Patrick,
A preacher of fame and renown
An' he hoisted his sails and came over from Wales
To convert all the heathens in Down.
And he hirpled about through the country
With a stick and a big pointy hat,
An' he kept a few sheep that he sold on the cheap,
But sure, there's no money in that!

He was preachin' a sermon in Comber
An' getting quite carried away
And he mentioned that Rome had once been his home
(But that was the wrong thing to say!)
For he felt a sharp pain in his cheek-bone
And he stuck up a hand 'till his beak
And the thing that had lit on his gob (an' had bit)
Was a wee Presbyterian snake!

Now the snake slithererd down from the pulpit
(Expectin' St. Patrick to die),
But yer man was no dozer - he lifted his crozier
An' he belted the snake in the eye,
And he says to the snake, 'Listen, legless!
You'd better just take yerself aff!
If you think that that trick will work with St. Patrick
You must be far worser nor daft!'

So the snake slithered home in a temper
An' it gathered its mates all aroun'
An' it says, 'Listen, mates! We'll get on our skates,
I reckon it's time to leave town!
It's no fun when you bite a big fella
An' sit back and expect him to die,
An' he's so flamin' quick with that big, crooked stick
That he hits ye a dig in the eye!

So a strange sight confronted St. Patrick
When he woke up the very next day.
The snakes with long faces were all packin' their cases
And headin' for Donegal Quay.
Some got on cheap flights to Mallorca
And some booked apartments in Spain.
They were all headin' out and there wasn't a doubt
That they weren't going to come back again.

So the reason the snakes left old Ireland
(An' this is no word of a lie),
They all went to places to bite people's faces
And be reasonably sure that they'd die.
An' the oul' snakes still caution their grandsons,
'For God's sake beware of St. Pat!
An' take yerselves aff if you see his big staff,
An' his cloak, an' his big pointy hat!'

Bigali

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12427
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 08:33:58 AM »
Yes Belle, good stuff. I enjoy comic poetry myself. Stuff like "The Common Cormorant or [censored]" by Christopher Isherwood and "I eat my peas with honey" by that prolific author "Anon" spring to mind.


I eat my peas with honey
I've done it all my life
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on the knife.      :preved:
Tout Prest

Creaky

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 136
Re: Crawford Howard poetry
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 09:58:35 AM »
Thanks for posting that Gray_Marion. I thoroughly enjoyed that.
Love will always  change to sorrow, but everyone must play the game. We're here today and gone tomorrow, but the world goes on the same.