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The Walrus and the Carpenter

 
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The Walrus and the Carpenter
The sun was shining on the sea,

Shining with all his might:

He did his very best to make

The billows smooth and bright --

And this was odd, because it was

The middle of the night.



The moon was shining sulkily,

Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there

After the day was done --

'It's very rude of him.' she said,

'To come and spoil the fun!'



The sea was wet as wet could be,

The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying overhead --

There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

Were walking close at hand:

They wept like anything to see

Such quantities of sand:

'If this were only cleared away,'

They said, 'it would be grand.'



'If seven maids with seven mops

Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,' the Walrus said,

'That they could get it clear?'

'l doubt it,' said the Carpenter,

And shed a bitter tear.



'O Oysters, come and walk with us!

The Walrus did beseech.

'A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,

Along the briny beach:

We cannot do with more than four,

To give a hand to each.'



The eldest Oyster looked at him,

But never a word he said:

The eldest Oyster winked his eye,

And shook his heavy head --

Meaning to say he did not choose

To leave the oyster-bed.



Out four young Oysters hurried up.

All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

Their shoes were clean and neat --

And this was odd, because, you know,

They hadn't any feet.



Four other Oysters followed them,

And yet another four;

And thick and fast they came at last,

And more, and more, and more --

All hopping through the frothy waves,

And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter

Walked on a mile or so,

And then they rested on a rock

Conveniently low:

And all the little Oysters stood

And waited in a row.



'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things:

Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --

Of cabbages -- and kings --

And why the sea is boiling hot --

And whether pigs have wings.'



'But wait a bit,' the Oysters cried,

'Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,

And all of us are fat!'

'No hurry!' said the Carpenter.

They thanked him much for that.



'A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said,

'Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

Are very good indeed --

Now, if you're ready, Oysters dear,

We can begin to feed.'



'But not on us!' the Oysters cried,

Turning a little blue.

'After such kindness, that would be

A dismal thing to do!'

'The night is fine,' the Walrus said,

'Do you admire the view?'



'It was so kind of you to come!

And you are very nice!'

The Carpenter said nothing but

'Cut us another slice-

I wish you were not quite so deaf-

I've had to ask you twice!'



'It seems a shame,' the Walrus said,

'To play them such a trick.

After we've brought them out so far,

And made them trot so quick!'

The Carpenter said nothing but

'The butter's spread too thick!'



'I weep for you,'the Walrus said:

'I deeply sympathize.'

With sobs and tears he sorted out

Those of the largest size,

Holding his pocket-handkerchief

Before his streaming eyes.



'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,

'You've had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?'

But answer came there none --

And this was scarcely odd, because

They'd eaten every one.
put rock in geyser.
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05/20/2010 05:23 PM
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Re: The Walrus and the Carpenter
crazy
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05/20/2010 05:26 PM
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isnt this where the walrus eat all the clams on the beach, when i was little i was sad for the poor clams, now it just reminds me of a beach full of vagina
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Re: The Walrus and the Carpenter
Jesus was a carpenter
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05/20/2010 05:55 PM
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What about the bucket?
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Jesus was a carpenter
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 297849


Ah, but who is the Walrus? John or Paul?
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05/20/2010 05:57 PM
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Nice one!

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things:

Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --

Of cabbages -- and kings --

And why the sea is boiling hot --

And whether pigs have wings.'

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Nice one!

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things:

Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --

Of cabbages -- and kings --

And why the sea is boiling hot --

And whether pigs have wings.'


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 976329



^ this
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Re: The Walrus and the Carpenter
Brilliant!
bobbyz (OP)

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05/20/2010 07:18 PM

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Nice one!

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things:

Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --

Of cabbages -- and kings --

And why the sea is boiling hot --

And whether pigs have wings.'


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 976329



You nailed it. Well done.
put rock in geyser.
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Re: The Walrus and the Carpenter
Nice one!

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things:

Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --

Of cabbages -- and kings --

And why the sea is boiling hot --

And whether pigs have wings.'





You nailed it. Well done.
 Quoting: bobbyz


That's the verse that resonates, with me.

Carroll was a superb fantasist.
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05/20/2010 07:30 PM
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I just watched Dogma again last weekend.

I love this scene: (Matt Damon did it slightly differently, but this seems to be the original script)

LOKI walks beside a NUN in a semi-busy terminal. They pass through the metal detectors. The Nun carries a donation can.

LOKI - Leaving 'Alice in Wonderland' aside, look closely at 'Through the Looking Glass' - particularly 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' poem: what's the metaphorical meaning?

NUN - I wasn't aware there was one.

LOKI - Oh, but there is - it colorfully details the sham that is organized religion. The Walrus - with his girth and good-nature - obviously refers to either the Buddha, or - with his tusks - the lovable Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. This takes care of the Eastern religions. The Carpenter is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was purportedly raised the son of a carpenter. He represents the Western religions. And in the poem. what do they do? They dupe all the oysters into followmg them. Then. when the oysters collective guard is down. the Walrus and the Carpenter shuck and devour the helpless creatures, en masse. I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says that following faiths based on these mythological figures insures the destruction of one's inner-being.

Organized religion destroys who we are or who we can be by inhibiting our actions and decisions out of fear of an intangible parent-figure who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says "No, no!"

'Through the Looking Glass' - a children's tale? I think not.

NUN - (really dazed) I've... I've never really thought about it like that... (beat; shocked; off her cassock) What have I been doing with my life...?'.

LOKI - Don't look back. Just get out there and taste life.

(off donation can)

Leave this for the unenlightened. Poverty is for the gullible - it's another way the church is trying to control you. You take that money you've been collecting for your parish reconstruction and go get yourself a nice piece of ass. You deserve it.

The Nun nods at him, and saunters off, obviously grappling with something.
Has anyone else noticed this elephant in the lounge room ?

Another block of writing from Elephant full of supposition and condescension whilst saying pretty much nothing. - EggNigma 2/2/2011
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05/20/2010 07:48 PM

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Re: The Walrus and the Carpenter
Nice one!

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things:

Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --

Of cabbages -- and kings --

And why the sea is boiling hot --

And whether pigs have wings.'


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 976329




I was actually watching the 1951 Alice in Wonderland when that exact passage caught my ears and drove me to lookup the full text on the internet.
put rock in geyser.
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Jesus was a carpenter
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Because back then, GOD was the only Electrician!
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