Archive for September 4th, 2009

Weekly poetry at LibriVox

At LibriVox there is something called “Weekly Poetry”. Usually it’s a really short (Public Domain of course) poem that will take you about 1 minute of reading! The funny thing about it is that the very same poem gets recorded over and over again by different ppl. In the end there are between 10- 20 different versions, of which you can choose the one you like!

A couple of weeks ago I joined in and actually read some poetry for a change. (Usually I don’t really bother with it, as I quite suck at reading them with style. But this one I really liked as it’s quite funny! ;)) Here is the poem and my recording of it:


    TWO villains of the highest rank
    Set out one night to rob a bank.
    They found the building, looked it o’er,
    Each window noted, tried each door,
    Scanned carefully the lidded hole
    For minstrels to cascade the coal–
    In short, examined five-and-twenty
    Good paths from poverty to plenty.
    But all were sealed, they saw full soon,
    Against the minions of the moon.
    “Enough,” said one: “I’m satisfied.”
    The other, smiling fair and wide,
    Said: “I’m as highly pleased as you:
    No burglar ever can get through.
    Fate surely prospers our design–
    The booty all is yours and mine.”
    So, full of hope, the following day
    To the exchange they took their way
    And bought, with manner free and frank,
    Some stock of that devoted bank;
    And they became, inside the year,
    One President and one Cashier.

    Their crime I can no further trace–
    The means of safety to embrace,
    I overdrew and left the place.
Ambrose Bierce

The whole set of recordings can be found on the Librivox Catalog! To make it really easy they areĀ  here! (Btw. if the link to my recording did not work, don’t worry! It occasionally seems to have hiccups and I can be heard on the catalog among the others as well!)


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