Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Logical Chestertonian

The Logical Chestertonian
[cf CW10:451-2 and The Flying Inn]

You will find me reading books
In the oddest kind of nooks,
All from a far-off age some call Devonian;
Each one penned by GKC
He's the author fit for me!
Because I am a rigid Chestertonian.

Once I did not like to read
Full of boredom, sloth and greed
Yet I moaned a cry for help quite Macedonian. [See Acts 16:9]
Then I found a book by Dale -
Now I feast on beef and ale
While reading all the books called Chestertonian.

From the darkness into light [See GKC 650]
All the Heretics I fight
From the modern "Darwin" age to Babylonian:
This "Common Man" is Orthodox
Father Brown - yeah! "Thursday" rocks!
For I "lightly" call myself a Chestertonian. [See CW1:325]

Thus I fled from all the fog
And I got myself a blogg
And wrote - like St. Paul to the Thessalonians...
And then, I must confess
I did find the ACS
And a lot of very jolly Chestertonians!

So I went to ChesterCon,
Laughed at Belloc's "To a Don",
Heard talks - some provoking, some halcyonian;
Buying books and eating cheese,
Petta wine is sure to please
The ChesterCon-attending Chestertonian!

So come join us one and all
(Yes, the Universe is small [See CW1:267]
Though you measure it like Einstein, or Newtonian)
Join the ever-growing clan -
Be like us, a GK fan
It's great to be a G-K-Chestertonian!

[Finished Oct 11 2006. From Poems in the Key of "G", an uncollected collection by Dr. Thursday.]

9 comments:

  1. Excellently fun! Good work, Dr. T.

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  2. wonderful!!

    btw, you two, I plug this blog and your individual blogs in the next issue's Trifles. :-)

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  3. Rex Harrison would do that very well, ain'a?

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  4. ....OR, it could be read with meaning by Gunga Din...

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  5. Set it to music and sing it at the next banquet! Key of G?

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  6. "Though you measure it like Einstein, or Newtonian:"

    Maybe would sound better as Though your view of it's Einsteinian or Newtonian? Doesn't sound quite as clunky. Maybe "Though Professor Einstein's made you ex-Newtonian?"

    Newtonian's a word you don't see in much poetry, come to think of it.

    Sort of like that Japanese rock song that has the word "telomeres". As in the part of a DNA strand.

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  7. It occurs to me that the nitpicker who lives in my head latched onto the one line that jarred a little, and I forgot to praise. I'm impressed and pleased that you wrote a (is parody the word?) of "Vegetarian Drinking Song". Flying Inn wins the prize for most quotable Chesterton book, just because of all those poems. Or rather songs--if you can't figure out the tune to those lyrics, you don't speak English.

    Are the other poems in this as-yet-unpublished collection parodies (or whatever the word is), or is it a mix of them and your own stuff?

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  8. Melinda Castro5/25/2007 7:54 PM

    I definately don't consider myself a regular blogger, but I read this poem in Gilbert Magazine and found it not unlike my own poem I wrote about GKC. Though mine is not nearly as clever and its only publication is on my facebook profile.

    A Poem in honor of G. K. Chesterton:

    I am a Chestertonian.
    That means I like to read.

    I am a Chestertonian.
    That means it's words I need.

    I am a Chestertonian.
    I belong to common sense.

    I am a Chestertonian.
    I cannot listen to non-sense.

    That is to say my heart is sympathetic,
    to the ignorant whose words are so pathetic.

    If only they could listen to my friend G.K.
    Then all I know would be O.K.

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