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A Top Poem
« on: July 01, 2020, 11:59:20 AM »

A friend of mine posted this the other day as a clue to a trivia question. Oddly, the question wasn't about tops.

The Humming Top by Eugene Field

The top it hummeth a sweet, sweet song
To my dear little boy at play -
Merrily singeth all day long,
As it spinneth and spinneth away.
And my dear little boy
He laugheth with joy
When he heareth the monotone
Of that busy thing
That loveth to sing
The song that is all its own.

Hold fast the string and wind it tight,
That the song be loud and clear;
Now hurl the top with all your might
Upon the banquette here;
And straight from the string
The joyous thing
Boundeth and spinneth along,
And it whirrs and it chirrs
And it birrs and it purrs
Ever its pretty song.

Will ever my dear little boy grow old,
As some have grown before?
Will ever his heart feel faint and cold,
When he heareth the songs of yore?
Will ever this toy
Of my dear little boy,
When the years have worn away,
Sing sad and low
Of the long ago,
As it singeth to me to-day?



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Re: A Top Poem
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2020, 04:51:32 PM »


Now, what was the trivia question?


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Re: A Top Poem
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2020, 05:42:12 PM »

Now, what was the trivia question?
I second that, I'm intrigued!

Very nice poem.

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Re: A Top Poem
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2020, 09:40:57 PM »

Very nice!
Happiness runs in a circular motion!!!


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Re: A Top Poem
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2020, 10:46:22 PM »

So the question is very specific to a small group of people and may not be that interesting.

What is the connection between the poem and this dive bar in Columbia, Missouri?

The bar is called 'Booche's' if you can't see. It's significant to me because long ago there was juggling festival in Columbia and this was the bar the jugglers went to after the jugglers parade they had through downtown. Best sliders in town, frosted mugs and cheap pitchers of good beer.

And the answer? 
The poem was written by Eugene Field.
The founder of Booche's, Paul Blucher "Booch" Venable, was nicknamed "Booch" as a child by the same Eugene Field.
Eugene Field also wrote "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod."


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Re: A Top Poem
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 02:47:31 AM »

hello again

I like the poem : it's simple and evocative

on the semantic side:

I enjoyed the use of the French word "banquette"
it always makes me smile when I hear a word in french in an English sentence
recently in a film the female character replies to a male constable :
in this case I think you should "cherchez la femme "

in your explanation, you use the word "sliders"
at first I thought you were referring to turtles, then I found that it's a colloquial for sandwich ! >:D >:D


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