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Oscar Performance

Frank E Gibbard

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Frank E Gibbard

I stand before an audience

Without the wit to say

Anything sensible today

Oscar was such a big surprise

That I should win this golden prize

I tried to win for years and years

I am speechless yet go on for ages

Shy as you know not used to stages

I have to thank those precious peers

Enjoy them choking on their cheers

I act all flustered quite overcome

Thank my daddy thank my mum

Even cite a forgotten teacher

My inspirations I so humbly feature

I ramble on and on and on

Till my allotted time is gone

I totter off before I’m otherwise dragged

With that which others’ clever words has bagged

And the Academy’s award too

For worst winner’s speech goes to …

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Seems things like this happens from time to time, Frank. Your poem reminds me of a poem by Bill Knott:

Suicidal (or Simply Drunken)

Thoughts on Being Refused a

Guggenheim Grant for the 11th Time



War headlines/peace tailstanzas don't

Like to feel real. Scare tactics take practice

So that, institutionally, a wine corked

By the horn of a charging unicorn might?


The fur opens and my face ain't.

The fur closes: eyes lips nose resume

The wretched perfection of feature-ifice

The dumbpan plan, identity, lack of choice.--


I cling to virgin, this veil scraped surface

Where our scars are an armor of absence

What knight attains: ignore


That pig-bladder matter, life, that failure

Dangled in whiskey like a longshot tooth.

The night has no thoughts heavier than itself.



Do I sound bitter? I have no right to be bitter, do I, because

I'm not really a poet, am I. No. I'm a -- a poet-biscuit.


I'm curious ... what inspired you? Was it a real life event?



Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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it must be the season for acting awards :-)

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Nice poem Frank. It reminds me on the speeches of Oscar winners icon_smile.gif


Well written metaphorical poem.



The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

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