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Poem: "The Trail of a Postage Stamp"  
 

 
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Posted 10/16/2010   2:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Not exactly poetic literature, but I was scanning through one of those Google digitized books of old stamp magazines and pulled out this poem from 1914. It's almost 100 years old, so you do have to account for some language adjustments, but I thought it might still be of enough interest to some at SCF to post:

THE TRAIL OF A POSTAGE STAMP, By J. B. CHITTENDEN.
Let the man after money risk his soul,
And pile up dollars roll on roll;
Let the lover of etchings rave and rant
Of beauty he finds in old Rembrandt;
Let the bookworm bore through ancient lore;
And science search from shore to shore;
The man for me is the graceless scamp.
Off on the trail of a postage stamp.

Cancelled, discarded, faded and torn;
Cast in a barrel, lost and worn;
Back in the old desk, off with the junk,
For fifty years in grandma's trunk;
Up in the attic in dusty bags,
On the closet floor with dirty rags;
Boxed in cellars, dark and damp;
Off on the trail of a postage stamp.

Discovered, recovered, cleaned and framed,
Heralded, glorified, named and famed,
From country to country thy praises will ring,
Sold once for a penny, now prized by a king;
So low was thy fortune, so high is thy rank,
All due to the work of the postage stamp crank;
With patience to guide him and science for lamp,
Off on the trail of a postage stamp.

Worn out, neglected, deprived of the light,
Like the old postage stamp we are lost in the night.
All service forgotten with scarce concealed scorn.
Our treasure is turned into cash on the morn.
Our one hope: some angel collector of such,
"Faithful in small things, deserving of much,"
May land us at last in a glorified camp.
Off on the trail of a postage stamp.

—Philatelic Gazette.
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Australia
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Posted 10/16/2010   6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"graceless scamp" "postage stamp crank"
yep, sounds about right.
Thanks for posting.

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Canada
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Posted 10/16/2010   6:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add timbres667 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice poetry. Being french I don't understand everything but I think I got the essential of it.
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Posted 10/16/2010   7:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nuggethill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The poem is entertaining wt1 thanks for posting it.

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Posted 10/16/2010   8:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sfgoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice poem.

Thanks for posting it.
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Posted 10/16/2010   9:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mark44004 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
very nice read. thank you!
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Posted 10/17/2010   03:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Londonbus1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Right up my street !
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Posted 10/18/2010   07:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lubos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OH, that's nice, thanks
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Posted 10/18/2010   07:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another poem you might enjoy:

When I Inspect My Stamps
-- Harry V. Callahan, 1934

My mind now often wanders to childhood dreams of yore,
To fancy boons and other things the future held in store,
To youthful joy and pleasure, the play of kings and champs,
But my fondest reverie's eclipsed, when I inspect my stamps.

I used to dream of treasures, in many, many forms,
Blissful sunshine, and of Paradise, of tempests, and of storms,
Of girls, and little angels, of millionaires and tramps,
But my grandest musings fade away, when I inspect my stamps.

My thoughts revert to youthful days, and where I used to swim,
To where my cup of pleasure was filled just to the brim,
To when I did collect old guns, tin soldiers, round their camps,
But my fondest recollection fails, when I inspect my stamps.

I ponder on that Isle so green, as well as other climes,
Depression and recovery, and the coming better times,
On stocks and bonds, yes, works of art, and many dizzy vamps,
But relax into forgetfulness, when I inspect my stamps.

Fine clothes and jewels are nice to have, great pelf and all o' that,
Autos, horses, little dogs, old friends to have a chat,
All these I'll yield to "Father Time" just e're I climb the ramps,
But I'll call out, "One moment sir! till I inspect my stamps."


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Bedrock Of The Community
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Posted 10/18/2010   12:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's great! (A better poem than I posted.) I'm keeping a copy. Thanks for sharing.
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