RTH Online Poetry Crawl

By Michelle Martin
Published March 14, 2010

A comment from Mahesh Butani after my last article has inspired me to propose an RTH online poetry crawl.

I've read enough of the comments here to know that RTH readers have a way with language.

Please post your poems about Hamilton or city life in general - free verse, or one of the more traditional kinds; for example, a haiku or a sonnet.

You can make it as highfalutin or comical (here are instructions for limericks) as you choose, but keep it G-rated, please, so we can feel free to show the kids we know or even to get them to try their hand at it, too.

If you don't write, maybe you know someone who does. I might even write something myself.

Get your poet on!

Michelle Martin lives in Hamilton. The opinions she expresses in Raise the Hammer are her own.


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By John Neary (registered) | Posted March 15, 2010 at 09:28:45

Because of some bad urban plannin' Every citizen (woman and man) in The city is driving Too fast for surviving On King, York, Main, Wilson, and Cannon

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By John Neary (registered) | Posted March 15, 2010 at 09:40:44

Oops ... that should have been:

Because of some bad urban plannin'
Every citizen (woman and man) in
The city is driving
Too fast for surviving
On King, York, Main, Wilson, and Cannon

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By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted March 15, 2010 at 10:46:57

There once was a town named Hamilton

Who use to feel pride and was powerful

Those days are long gone

The poverty industry reins strong

And the people remember all things wonderful

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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted March 15, 2010 at 17:46:30

Can't stop to take in

High-level bridge sunrise

Must hurry to work

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By Robert_Carley (registered) - website | Posted March 15, 2010 at 18:42:19

Time to Awake

Traveling at the speed of time.


Timed out.

Time to start to love and time to forgive.

Time to take our children into our arms again

And out of the reach of demons that squeak in the night.

Time to stop and time to listen.

Listen to our selves and our dreams.

Time to awake.

~ Robert Carley*

Comment edited by Robert_Carley on 2010-03-15 17:43:34

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By arienc (registered) | Posted March 15, 2010 at 22:59:51

from Flobots - We Are Winning

Rival gangsters sit down to plan an after school program. A religious fanatic posts footage of an interfaith service project. A group of teenage boys watches a video of a father playing catch with his son. An adult film star paints thumbnail portraits of elderly couples fully clothed and smiling. A record executive records a demo of his apology. A policeman makes reverse 911 calls instructing residents to take to the streets. A patriarch reports for duty. She's wearing an orange jumpsuit and holding a picket sign. She's ashamed of her birthplace, but retreat is not an option

Butterfly wing cross wings. send black hawks toward hurricane survivors. Roses sprout from empty lots and sidewalk cracks. Pacifist gorillas move undetected through concrete jungles. New forms are beginning to take shape. Once occupied minds are activating. People are waking up! The insurgency is alive and well.

We are building up a new world. Do not sit idly by. Do not remain neutral. Do not rely on this broadcast alone. We are only as strong as our signal. There is a war going on for your mind. If you are thinking, you are winning. Resistance is victory. Defeat is impossible. Your weapons are already in hand. Reach within you and find the means by which to gain your freedom. Fight with tools. Your fate, and that of everyone you know Depends on it.

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By AnneMariePavlov (registered) | Posted March 16, 2010 at 11:19:59

Social services
Royal Connaught Pigeon Coop In prime retail space

Three industries thrive Poverty, Plywood, Beer Store Another watermain break

Jackson Square ennui
Where can I get a coffee?
But not Tim Hortons

Lister Block pigeons
Art crawl does not pay my bills Gentrification

Waiting for Bayfront People don’t spit at Limeridge
Gore Park has problems

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By kevin (registered) | Posted March 16, 2010 at 20:19:46

But I Like It

There is a small city called Hamilton
Where everywhere there’s a setting sun
From the east, to the north, to the downtown core
From roads to sewers; from burbs to shore
All eyes can see, there is much to be done


Our castle’s a house
Our mountain’s an escarpment
We think really big

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By kdslote (registered) | Posted April 15, 2010 at 14:42:27

Inspired by my first spring living in downtown Hamilton, a Haiku...

Verdant lustre tinge
Magnolia-laden breeze
Lofty limestone edge

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By robert_carley (registered) - website | Posted August 03, 2010 at 08:52:28

Much Mumbo Jumbo

A raging heart and dark and lonely noise Thru the cool part of time Corners too tight to go around And time has much Mumbo Jumbo.

All your feelings drift to the left They fall off the edge of things And bounce around in the gardens of dreams and hopes Tumbling into timeless fractal space.

Choosing truths that fit your Mumbo Jumbo dreams And takes you to the land of La-La A place to hide out for a lifetime A place to pretend And a place to be dim.

This is your home Your private room Were only you know it deepest secrets And only you know its pain.

The days are long and the nights even longer The raging dark and lonely noise is still there And the corners are still to tight too go around And still time has much Mumbo Jumbo.

Nothing has changed And maybe nothing ever will You just happened to be in the right place at the right time So enjoy.

Robert Carley

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