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 Post subject: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 15:46 
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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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I'm not sure about the title, but I think the poem starts with "I could not sleep a wink ...night", and finishes with "those which self inflicted are".

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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" I could not sleep a wink last (that's a shoe last) night..."

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 16:33 
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That makes sense. :D I was failing to make anything of 'foot' or 'boot'. I should have had that, really, since my grandfather was a shoemaker, but he did die about seven years before I was born.

ETA The seventh line is "My heart gave violent knocks", now I've worked out what the right designation is for the stringed instrument.

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 16:51 
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Here's what we've got so far.

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1. I could not sleep a wink last night
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7. My heart gave violent knocks
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18. those which self inflicted are.


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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Lines five and six perhaps read

And Life so far as I could gauge (as that's a marking gauge)
Seemed like this hieroglyphics page


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 18:44 
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Line 2 could be 'The world seemed upside down..'. but I don't know where the book comes in, unless it's a tome, so 'The world seemed upside down to me'
Lines 5 & 6 are:
And life so far as I could [something - 'scribe', maybe]
Seemed like this hieroglyph

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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.............................

1. I could not sleep a wink last night
2. The world seemed upside down to me
3.
4.
5. And life so far as I could gauge
6. Seemed like this heiroglyphics page
7. My heart gave violent knocks
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18. those which self inflicted are.

(Feel free to copy and paste with your additions/amendments.)


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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I must have been typing and sorting this while Noreen was posting! Didn't see hers till now although it's timed before mine. Yes, I like gauge, though I've seen those used as scribes as well.

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 23:00 
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Isn't it "I could not sleep a wink last night"? (see my post near top of thread)

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2017, 00:27 
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My mistake Cestina, I've amended it.

Edited to add my contribution

Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world seemed upside down to me.
3. My head onto the pillows white,
4. .............................................. borne
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this heiroglyphics page.
7. My heart gave violent ? knocks,
8.
9.
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18. Are those which self inflicted are.

I think there's a word missing in line 7 as it doesn't scan and I'm guessing that backwards K is significant. There seem to be 8 syllables to a line.

Does anyone have any idea what the drawing at the beginning of line 4 is meant to be?!

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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Could line 8 be "As in the dark I clearly traced"? And the word at the end of the next line might be 'docks', as that looks like a dry dock.


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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Surely line 4 ends with 'brown' - a pic of a brow + n - not borne

Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world to me seemed upside down
3. My head onto the pillows white,
4. .............................................. borne brown
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this heiroglyphics page.
7. My ?empty heart gave violent knocks,
8. As in the dark I clearly traced
9. A wrong-lived life in prison docks
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced
11.
12.
13. And as the beams of morn ........
14. They found me lying wide awake
15.
16.
17. How that our worst woes by far
18. Are those which self inflicted are.

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2017, 17:08 
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You're right about brown! All I could see was a wild boar. (I wonder what a psychoanalyst would make of that!)


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2017, 17:11 
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Annied wrote:
Does anyone have any idea what the drawing at the beginning of line 4 is meant to be?!


Hmm, a bit like a rock/stone, or the top left has the look of an anchor, lying on a rock perhaps....snatching at straws here!

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And I thought it looked like coal!

Could line 16 be 'To an empty box of cake'?


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 04 Mar 2017, 20:49 
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cake is certainly involved - and will rhyme with awake

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 05 Mar 2017, 14:40 
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This is what we have so far. The lines all seem to be 8 syllables long, so it looks like we need an extra word in line 16.

Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world to me seemed upside down
3. My head onto the pillows white,
4. .............................................. brown
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this heiroglyphics page.
7. My ?empty heart gave violent knocks,
8. As in the dark I clearly traced.
9. A wrong-lived life in prison docks,
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced.
11. I............................creased pillows
12. And shook the
13. And as the beams of morn ........
14. They found me lying wide awake
15. And
16.To an empty box of cake
17. How strange (or possibly odd) that our worst woes by far
18. Are those which self inflicted are.


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
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Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world to me seemed upside down
3. My head onto the pillows white,
4. .................changed the white to brown
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this hieroglyphics page.
7. My ?empty heart gave violent knocks,
8. As in the dark I clearly traced.
9. A wrong-lived life in prison docks,
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced.
11. I turned the creased pillows around
12. And shook the ?weighty feathers bound
13. And as the beams of morn stole in
14. They found me lying wide awake
15. And pointed with a glittering grin
16. To an empty box of [wedding/birthday] cake
17. How strange (or possibly odd) that our worst woes by far
18. Are those which self inflicted are.

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 14:20 
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Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world to me seemed upside down.
3. My head onto the pillows white,
4. .................changed the white to brown.
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this hieroglyphics page.
7. My ?empty heart gave violent knocks,
8. As in the dark I clearly traced.
9. A wrong-lived life in prison docks,
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced.
11. I turned the creasèd pillows around,
12. And shook the ?weighty feathers bound.
13. And as the beams of morn stole in,
14. They found me lying wide awake,
15. And pointed with a glittering grin,
16. To an empty box of [wedding/birthday] cake.
17. How strange (or possibly odd) that our worst woes by far,
18. Are those which self inflicted are.

I give up on line 4. It looks like it should have 3 syllables, start with s and finish perhaps est, but after turning a brow into a boar, what do I know?!

Let me know when you've had enough and I'll post the solution.


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