Meyran Kraus

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A verse of a poem by Oscar Wilde, anagrammed into a paraphrase which is also an acrostic square on the author's name.

First Verse of "Les Silhouettes"

The sea is flecked with bars of grey
The dull dead wind is out of tune,
And like a withered leaf the moon
Is blown across the stormy bay.

The Four-Acrostic Ode

Waves   -   In    Last,    Dour   Ebb -
Imbue     those      off-key      Drafts.
Lo, when the lune's sheen (mildly Late)
Defies    dark    shores    it    Isolates -
E'er     Downy-Light,     It      Wafts.

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Henry Sambrooke Leigh
The Twins

In form and feature, face and limb,
I grew so like my brother,
That folks got taking me for him,
And each for one another.

It puzzled all our kith and kin,
It reached a fearful pitch;
For one of us was born a twin,
Yet not a soul knew which.

One day, to make the matter worse,
Before our names were fixed,
As we were being washed by nurse,
We got completely mixed;

And thus, you see, by fate's decree,
Or rather nurse's whim,
My brother John got christened me,
And I got christened him.

This fatal likeness even dogged
My footsteps when at school,
And I was always getting flogged,
For John turned out a fool.

I put this question, fruitlessly,
To everyone I knew,
"What would you do, if you were me,
To prove that you were you?"

Our close resemblance turned the tide
Of my domestic life,
For somehow, my intended bride
Became my brother's wife.

In fact, year after year the same
Absurd mistakes went on,
And when I died, the neighbors came
And buried brother John.

Mey K.
Eerie Kins

If I recall, it all occurred
When I was twenty-three;
I got married to one older girl,
As foxy as could be.

The fox had one teen daughter -
A kid with hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.

This turned dad to a son-in-law,
And frankly jerked our lives:
My daughter was my mother,
For she was father's wife!

But if you think our quirk is done,
It merely just begun -
I soon became a father
Of one beefy little son.

The recent baby then became
Brother-in-law to dad,
So he's sort of my uncle...
Now 'Eerie' turned to 'Bad':

As uncle, he's considered, too,
One tubby, weeping brother
To the wife's eccentric daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.

Father's wife then had a kid -
See, it kept getting fun;
I got one zealous grandson (For
He was my daughter's son);

My fine wife's now my mother's mom -
Indeed it makes me blue,
For not only is she a wife,
But my grandmother too...

I became the craziest joke
You people ever saw -
A husband of my grandmother,
I'm my own grandpa!

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A poem by Rossetti anagrammed into a different, more modern poem, which is also switched to fit the man's perspective. But there's another twist: In the anagram, the man's final, unspoken line is indeed hidden. Can you spot it?

Christina Rossetti

She listened like a cushat dove
That listens to its mate alone:
She listened like a cushat dove
That loves but only one.

Not fair as men would reckon fair,
Nor noble as they count the line:
Only as graceful as a bough,
And tendrils of the vine:
Only as noble as sweet Eve
Your ancestress and mine.

And downcast were her dovelike eyes,
And downcast was her tender cheek;
Her pulses fluttered like a dove
To hear him speak.

Meyran K.
Inner Vow's Unvoiced

She asked if I won't talk to her at all.
She sneered: "You really need a shrink, my sweet.
"Please talk. Shall we concur - no drinks, nor calls?"
About to leave, she said "I guess that's it".
She kissed me on the forehead once, in tears,
And, silently, I saw her leave the flat.
Against my will, no sentence did she hear -
"Love cannot cease", or blunt raves close to that,
No sound to even scoff... But, deep inside,
Not to be uttered, hid this guarantee:

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Updated: May 10, 2016


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