COVID – Niagara Falls: A (Very) Short Poem by Andrew Porteus

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Very Few Visitors to Niagara Falls During the COVID-19 Lockdown. Photo by Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review


(Newspaper Headline: People Gathered at Table Rock issued $880 fines for violating COVID-19 Rules)

Niagara:
Fine to view
Fined for viewing


Source: The author, January 2021

Submitted to the League of Canadian Poets’ Very Small Verse Contest. Not a winner. 

Read the article on the Niagara Falls Review website, January 17, 2021

Untitled by Zaney

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The title page of the Table Rock Album

Yes, traveler, go under;
And amidst the wild thunder,
The spray and the dashing,
The stones and the crashing,
Turn not on one side,
But cling to the guide —
He’s safe tho’ he’s black.
N. B. — Pay when you come back.


Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.

Untitled by Y.

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album

O! the wonderful Falls of Niagara
‡‡Hop, skip and jump, and here we are plump
At the wonderful Falls of Niagara.

Of all the stupid asses, I call you the trump,
‡‡In climbing Parnassus you fell on your rump,
And your brains of molasses fell out with a plump.


Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.

Untitled by C.W. Wilson

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album

Mighty water!  headlong tumbling
Down the vast abyss below,
Ceaseless pouring, endless roaring
Music like this — semper amo.


C.W. Wilson was from Buffalo

Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.

A Dialogue by W.M. et al.

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album


W. M.:

We are here today and gone tomorrow.

E. B.:

Well, why don’t you stop a week at the hotel?  The beds and grub are good.

C. C.:

Yes, but devilish dear.


Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.