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  1.  What Would Mark Twain Say If He Were Alive

by Ronald W. Hull

Saturday, April 25, 2015
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I had this strange dream a week ago making wonderful rhyme with the word, Quatermain. I actually had to look it up because the word was familiar but I couldn't figure out what it was. It turned out that Allan Quatermain was a character created by H. Rider Haggard in his 1885 novel, King Solomon's Mines and sequels. I have a vague recollection of seeing the movie a long time ago but have never read the book. Don't know where that dream came from. The rhyme I came up with is not near as good as the one I dreamed and quickly forgot.

Quatermain depicted by C.H.M.Kerr in the frontispiece to Allan Quatermain (1887) Wikipedia



Let me make it plain,
to be like Quatermain,
and break the chain,
of deep down dreary.

Today it would be insane,
to act like Quatermain,
but admire just the same,
the constant quest for query.

To slaughter for the glory,
Quatermain's old story,
to plunder for the quarry,
and then stuff to display.

For it's the same old story,
the quest for fame and glory,
that drives us to the gory,
it's always been that way.

So if you seek the gold,
from ancient stories told,
remember Quatermain of old,
that there is a price to pay.

Copyright 2015 © Ronald W. Hull

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Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/26/2015
An interesting dream indeed:

I saw two movie versions of King Solomon's Mines with Alan Quartermain played by Stewart Granger in the 1950 movie, and Richard Chamberlain in the 1985 movie - I liked them both.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/25/2015
Very well said I enjoyed every word!
Peace love and light
Reviewed by J. Quantaman 4/25/2015
elegant words
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/25/2015
Quite well done Ron !
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 4/25/2015
Hey! This is some poem to come from a dream you weren't sure about. I'm glad you looked it up and gave us this treat to feast our minds upon.

Love ya!

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 4/25/2015
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/25/2015
I think that's amazing that you dream poetry. Maybe you could keep a tape recorder near your bed, much quicker than writing it down...
This is clever.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/25/2015
Nice rhyme
Reviewed by Lark Pogue 4/25/2015
Oh, this was good, and now I need another year added to my life to read Allen Quatermain.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/25/2015
Rhyming is perfect
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/25/2015
Oh yeah, there is definitely a price to pay. Many a man digging for gold during the Gold Rush," here and in Alaska had their brains splattered from to yon by men who then plundered their claim. Many other examples concerning greed and the devaluation of human life. Happening as we speak.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/25/2015
Ah yes, the root of all evil & greed, the pursuit of money makes sane men crazy...-e-
Reviewed by Michael Schafer 4/25/2015
Everything that glitter,
is not gold.
this Quatermain story,
was wonderfully told.

Michael D.

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