“The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité

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Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!


Words of Silence Launches Today

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Finally, after years of longing I now officially have a site to publish my poems.


I had been registering my domain at philhosting and it has been days and still it hasn’t been processed. Until people in our forum suggested namecheap.com and within 12 hours my domain was registered, hassle-free! Afterwards, i got a web hosting from sir AJ at techhive.net which I am to try for a week. Pretty cool, right?

Well, at last it’s up and running now. Yippee! 🙂

Visit my poetry site: wordsofsilence.com

Once Again

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All the laughter
That we had
All the sad moments
That we shared
Are all engraved in my mind
I don’t know why
You’re still in my thoughts
I’m just being honest
With myself and with you
That I can’t forget
All the times we’re together
Sharing smiles and tears
To one another
I know it’s my fault
That’s why you go away
And now you’re gone
Gone out of my sight
Gone out of my side
Gone without words of goodbye
I can’t help
Not to blame myself
Because of me, you left
And now I am alone
Sitting by the window
Waiting for your call
I gaze at the sky
Watched the twinkling of stars
And wished by the moon
That someday, somehow
I’ll learn to forget
Your voice, your face
Your sweetness and kindness
And as the day passes by
I wished that time
Would heal the wounds in my heart
Once again.

Here is the link in ilovepoetry.com : Once Again

Once in My Life

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I was reminiscing earlier about my writings during school days and i remembered that i have submitted a poem in ilovepoetry.com. i decided to post a copy here in my blog.

“Once in My Life”

Once in my life
I fell in love
I learned to give up
Everything that I had
But then, once in my life
I fell out of love
Suffering the pains
It had given my heart
I stumbled down
And bleed out
But then, once in my life
I learned to conquer
All the pains and fear
And then, each day of my life
Helped heal the wound
Inside of me
Helped me to forget
All that had happened
And soon I realized
That once in my life
I met a man
Who taught me about
The real meaning of love.

here is the link at ilovepoetry.com : Once in My Life

Killing Me In Silence

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a moment of silence is echoing around me
as i watch the ticking of the clock’s hand
the time is so slow like it will never end

i am being suffocated with empty words
i am being haunted with the guilt inside
i want this to end right away but i can’t

the silence of the day is killing me
the pain inside is growing much more
the bigger it gets, the more i suffer

kill me now and end my suffering
the more i hear of this silence
the much more i feel the pain


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you stayed with me
when i was alone

you lend me your shoulder
when i was crying

you shared me your strength
when i was weak

you become my guide
when i was lost

you told me “have faith”
when i was hopeless

you gave me attention
when i was ignored

and you loved me much
more that i think you can =)

written: 02-16-2004 “Untitled”


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matamis na tsokolate
at rosas na ‘san dosena

damit na pula
at konting pomada

isang ikot sa salamin
sarili’y iniestima

isang kindat pa
at lalarga na

wirtten: 02-18-2004 “Date”

It Takes Time

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It takes time
For the trees to grow
& flowers to bloom

It takes time
to mold a clay
& create a vase

It takes time
For a child to talk
& learn to walk

It takes time
For sun to set
& rise at dawn

It takes time
For leaves to fall
& and grow in spring

It takes time
To fall in love
& find your match

It takes time
To heal the wound
& ease the pain

written: 10-02-2003 “It Takes Time”


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Traffic light
oh traffic light
parang disco light

Nguso ng mga dyipni
Parang ngiping dikit-dikit
Buhol-buhol na trapik
Sa mata’y anong sakit

Busina nila
Sa tenga’y nakatutuliglig
Usok ng tambutso
Sa dibdib ay nakasisikip

Usad ng sasakyan
Iisang pulgada lamang
At kung umandar man
Parang pagong sa kabagalan

Pasahero sa dyip
Sa tagal ay naidlip
Tulo ang laway
Habang humihilik

written: 10-02-2003 “Trapik”