Poetry Slam E-K

  

Most Prolific Poet (7x!!)

 

(E)Liz Kadin

 

An attempt at Haikus for the class birthday celebration

       (with a little assistance from a D’ nephew)

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Seventy sevens

Are turning the big 6-0

Why oh Wyoming?!?

 

Like Old Faithful we

Get a call every June

Asking for money.

 

We as a class are

United by Dartmouth and

The AARP.

 

These haikus made me

Laugh too hard. Anyone know a

Good chiropractor?

 

Dartmouth is in Town

As “our” Backs Go Tearing By

Who has the Advil?

 

Round the girdled earth

At 60 has new meaning

Just look at our girths!

 

Our Co-Hogs, “You Laugh”

I’d say we had the last laugh

Just look at us now!    : )

 

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Most Eye-Opening!!!

Eric Donnenfeld

 

There once was a man from Long Island

Who said with a grin that his knees hardly bend

 I need glasses when I read

But there is little I need

 I have family and friends that make me feel bolder

And I know that some classmates are a little bit older

 

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Rock of Ages Award

with special distinction in Live Performance by a Gary Cooper doppelganger!!!

Gary “Hoss” Rogers


In The Year 1955

(with apologies to Zager and Evans…)

 

In the year 1955

The year we all came alive

Who’d have thought that we’d survive

To this day?

 

In the year 1965

Beatles haircuts mopped our fifth grade eyes

Not a care to perplex young minds

But Bob Dylan sang of changing times

 

In the year 1975

Summer on campus was an idyllic time

UVD, beer pong and wild trysts

Does it get any better than this?

 

In the year 1985

New spouse is standing proud at your side

Whose kids are those next to you?

Oh my God, are we parents, too?

 

In the year 1995

Helicopter parenting is a way of life

You hope your son, hope your daughter too

Won't end up despising you, Whoa-o-o

 

In the year 2010

How do you pay tuition in this recession?

Maybe look around yourself and say

Trade school may offer better pay

 

In the year 2020

Social Security benefits offer retirement plenty

Life expectancy perhaps 30 more years

Outliving the bennies adds to our fears

 

In the year 2045

Bet you’re wondering if you’re gonna be alive

Too many beers and illicit sex

Certainly have had long term effects

 

Now it's been 100 years

Reunion attendance remains unclear

The College wants us in their power

As members of the Bartlett Tower

But through our eternal night

There will shine a bright green light

Dartmouth matriculation so far away?

Maybe it was only yesterday…

 

In the year 1955

The year we all came alive

Who’d have thought that we’d survive

To this day?... (Fading)


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This Picture does not even need 77 words Award

Jean Rosston


 


 

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Creepiest Undead Award (it can’t be killed)

Jeff Stone

 

Smoldering saddles
A Sister Souljah moment
Dead greek house walking

 

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Most Awesome Show tune with Special Award citation to Jean Rosston

Jim Guth


Listen to Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow”:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss49euDqwHA

 

Up in the Tetons

 

Somewhere up in the Tetons way up high

There’s a ranch that I heard of under a big blue sky

Somewhere up in the Tetons life’s pristine

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do turn green

 

Someday I’ll wish upon a pine

And wake up where Hanover is

Behind me

Where troubles fade with jello shots

Away above the mountain tops

That’s where you’ll find me

 

Somewhere up in the Tetons 77s sigh

We’ll go to a ro-de-o.  And get a natural high!

 

If aging 77s meet

Up in the Tetons why can’t 6-oh be sweet?


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Most Faulkneresque!!

Joe Faulkner

 

A grad of 'ol seventy seven,

Musing things that brought to life leaven,

Said, Thru' all of the years,

All the joys and the tears,

Twas DARTMOUTH came closest to heaven...

 

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How in the world did Joey Gleason morph into Robert Frost Award??!!??

Joey Gleason

 

SNow Day – By J. Boyce Gleason

It snowed last night and socked us in,

A gentle reminder from the powers above.

We watched it descend out of the darkness

Into the light outside our door.

 

I venture out into the dawn,

Wisps of breath curling in the air.

My boots christen the new fallen snow

As I walk into the quiet of the day

 

Limbs of white lance through trees above

While gusts make snow devils dance below

Deep drifts blur the boundaries of our

Yards, and sidewalks, and the road to town.

 

As neighbors, we’ll scrape them clean,

Dispelling the peace to resurrect careful lines.

We’ll laugh at the effort and shake each other hands

Our routine restored. Soon, but not now.

 

Now, I stand in the quiet – alone in the day

Wondering at the calm I find.

It snowed last night and socked us in,

A gentle reminder from the powers above.

 

 

New Year by J. Boyce Gleason

I put the coffee on and duck out for the paper.

A short stroll down a long driveway

To the world outside and a brand new day

It is cool and brisk and I, rushing,

Almost miss it.

 

The birds are chirping and flit between trees

And spears of sunlight poke through the clouds.

The air feels heavy from last night’s rain.

And buds sprout from the tips of trees,

It smells like hope.

 

This is our new year, our renewal of life,

And all that was lost in the winter’s cold

We remember it all on a day such as this, when

Things so small speak in ways so large and we

Begin again.

 

Neighbors will trim their bushes, cut their grass,

Wash their windows, and mulch their yards,

Garages will empty into driveways

To be picked clean and stacked until

Order’s restored.

 

We will cull branches from trees and sow flowers into beds,

Spread lime onto lawns and stain our decks. 

We hold such duties as self-evident,

As we begin again and again and again and our

Neighborhoods gleam.

 

If only we paid such careful devotion

To renewing our lives, our faith, our loves, our souls

Imagine how we might gleam

As husbands and wives, as neighbors and friends

Just imagine.

  

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First In Award!!!

John Bird

 

1977's  Birthday Party

 

Milestone of three score!

Dartmouth '77s

Will rock Jackson Hole

 

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Most Peripatetic!!!

Kim York

Where has the time gone, fellow Dartmouth classmates?
Remember those awkward days looking for dates?
Now we're turning 60, thirty times two,
Some are retired, deciding what next to do.
Many have grandchildren, and lucky are they.
It's the best of all times, or so they say.
I wish I could join you in Jackson Hole
But I'm off to Europe, with heart and soul,
Hubby (Bruce '76) and daughter Casey, too.
I'm sure you will not lack for great things to do!
Thanks to the organizers -- what a great team!
Raise a glass to celebrate and live the dream!
Happy Birthday to all!
Party on!  Have a ball!

 

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