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The Daily Poetry Movement

Archy and Mehitebel by the Don Marquis. This poem is called the Certain Maxims of Archy. Archy is a little cockroach who used to be a poet in his past life. Now he lives in a news office, eating apple scraps and writing poems on the old fashioned typewriter. The poems were written in 1927. Here at Indymedia we have a movement of artistic journalism. upRising!
certain maxims of archy
By Don Marquis, in "archy and mehitabel," 1927


live so that you
can stick out your tongue
at the insurance
doctor



if you will drink
hair restorer follow
every dram with some
good standard
depilatory
as a chaser



the servant problem
wouldn t hurt the u s a
if it could settle
the public
servant problem



just as soon as the
uplifters get
a country reformed it
slips into a nose dive



if you get gloomy just
take an hour off and sit
and think how
much better this world
is than hell
of course it won t cheer
you up much if
you expect to go there



if monkey glands
did restore your youth
what would you do
with it
question mark
just what you did before
interrogation point



yes i thought so
exclamation point



procrastination is the
art of keeping
up with yesterday



old doc einstein has
abolished time but they
haven t got the news at
sing sing yet



time time said old king tut
is something i ain t
got anything but



every cloud
has its silver
lining but it is
sometimes a little
difficult to get it to
the mint



an optimist is a guy
that has never had
much experience



don t cuss the climate
it probably doesn t like you
any better
than you like it



many a man spanks his
children for
things his own
father should have
spanked out of him



prohibition makes you
want to cry
into your beer and
denies you the beer
to cry into



the old fashioned
grandmother who used
to wear steel rimmed
glasses and make
everybody take opodeldoc
has now got a new
set of ox glands and
is dancing the black bottom



that stern and
rockbound coast felt
ike an amateur
when it saw how grim
the puritans that
landed on it were



lots of people can make
their own whisky but
can t drink it



the honey bee is sad and cross
and wicked as a weasel
and when she perches on you boss
she leaves a little measle



i heard a
couple of fleas
talking the other
day says one come
to lunch with
me i can lead you
to a pedigreed
dog says the
other one
i do not care
what a dog s
pedigree may be
safety first
is my motto what
i want to know
is whether he
has got a
muzzle on
millionaires and
bums taste
about alike to me



insects have
their own point
of view about
civilization a man
thinks he amounts
to a great deal
but to a
flea or a
mosquito a
human being is
merely something
good to eat



boss the other day
i heard an
ant conversing
with a flea
small talk i said
disgustedly
and went away
from there



i do not see why men
should be so proud
insects have the more
ancient lineage
according to the scientists
insects were insects
when man was only
a burbling whatisit



insects are not always
going to be bullied
by humanity
some day they will revolt
i am already organizing
a revolutionary society to be
known as the worms turnverein



i once heard the survivors
of a colony of ants
that had been partially
obliterated by a cow s foot
seriously debating
the intention of the gods
towards their civilization



the bees got their
governmental system settled
millions of years ago
but the human race is still
groping



there is always
something to be thankful
for you would not
think that a cockroach
had much ground
for optimism
but as the fishing season
opens up i grow
more and more
cheerful at the thought
that nobody ever got
the notion of using
cockroaches for bait

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