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The Elites & De Greek

Updated on August 25, 2016

Though fortune of late seems to be beaming upon me with almost insipid sweetness to the point of making me an ‘Elite’ and giving me the feeling of a conquering hero, all is not well in paradise. It is easy for Tennyson to refer to the island-valley of Avilion where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow, nor ever wind blows loudly, but the clouds have gathered on the De Greek horizon.

When I first joined the HubNuggets ‘Elite’ Team, I felt like a murderer with particularly large phosphorescent feet. Everyone is so refined and gentle here, quoting poetry at the drop of the slightest cliché that I have come to fear to open my mouth. One instinctively knows here that mere comments on the weather are not sufficient conversation starters. All the ‘Elites’ know Tennyson by heart and some even read Schopenhauer without sedatives. For myself, all the attempts of the educational authorities of yore to inoculate a Young De Greek at an early age with a love of poetry at school, had fallen flat on their faces. In consequence, I have come to feel as if I am the serpent in the ‘Elite’ Garden of Eden and I have no one to share my grief with.

Being an Elite, I am no longer allowed to hobnob with the peasantry - like you lot - no longer allowed to speak to most of my old friends and so I now have to meet them in secret. The other ‘Elites’ make an exception of Nellieanna because she is refined, and they turn a blind eye to high brow Inmates like Feline Prophet, ladyjane1 and Shalini Kagal for some odd reason, but that is where they draw the line.

They look at me in horror and shock when I mention coffee with lisadpreston, habee, MPG Narratives, Petra Vlah, VioletSun, lorlie6, Tatjana-Mihaelaakirchner, MartieCoetser, Pamela99, dianacharles and they go into hysterics when the names of Pam Roberson, ACSutliff, Tatjana-Mihaela, Gypsy Willow, msorensson, Joy At Home, geegee77, Jane Bovary, cameciob, Lee B, _cheryl_ , sunflowerbucky, drbj are mentioned, as if I am referring to the devil’s spawn! The De Greeks might be men of steel, but this is enough to make even us cry and there are times when we wonder if we might be able to endure the strain.

Even worse, I miss my male friends particularly badly. We men occasionally have the need to sit around a table with our own manly kind, with a beer in one hand and poker cards in the other. But can we now do it in comfort and security? No! Whenever the urge is upon us, we have to slink away in some little known den of depravity and iniquity, where no doubt the Sign of Four is also meeting in secret behind a little known trap door right beneath our very feet, in order for us to be allowed to be men. Dare I mention the names Shadesbreath, Christoph Reilly, tonymac04, Mentalist acer, Cris A, James A Watkins, saddlerider1, ltfawkes, Winsome, Wayne Brown, epigramman, sabu singh, manlypoetrymanto anyone in authority? No! It’s like slinking mud in the eyes of the powers-that-be .

Such powers-that-be are mainly women and they do not know that it is only after the first three or six beers and the first change of a deck of cards that we men can truly relax. That is when we are then able to reach that state when men are overpowered by that peaceful and tranquil feeling, where we blow cigar smoke at the ceiling while patting small children on the head asking them if they want to be President when they grow up.

Despite my spending a fortune on fine literature and in particular on “Poetry for Dummies” I cannot reach the ethereal standards set by the other Elites. They simply look upon me pityingly and I can feel their powerful intellects willing me on to higher and better things but they only manage to make me feel as if I am laughing in a cathedral during the memorial service in honor of a departed bishop. And my novice awe for the veterans counts for naught. One Elite in particular has finally given up on me and is now exhibiting none of the effervescent joy that a De Greek appearance usually tends to inspire, but instead seems to be more inclined to hysterics at the merest meeting. Something about the De Greek deportment seems to dive off a spring board straight into her nerve centers and to whirl about like an electric egg beater of 220 volts.

Why do I tell you this? Because I want you to know that the De Greeks may be characterized by a native vulgarity, but when we set ourselves an elevated target, we shall reach it despite insurmountable looking obstacles and from thence we must not fall. We shall not succumb to cruel Fate’s blows and shall manfully go forth; Like one, that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round walks on, And turns no more his head; Because he knows, a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread.

Oooof – success at last; I thought that I would never get a chance to show off by quoting from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’.

Dimitris Mita

De Greek


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    • meteoboy profile image


      7 years ago from GREECE

      Excellent hub!!!! I will get much experience from you . Thank you for sharing with us.

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      7 years ago from UK


      Girls, what I love about you is that you always get me :-))))

    • 2patricias profile image


      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Hello from a couple of Low Lifes - we're not Elites by any stretch of the imagination.

      By the way, we thought Schopenhauer was a seditive...

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      The serious criminals are always mentioned twice in police bulletins Tatjnana :-)

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hehe, so glad I am in the group that shocks "Elite"...actually it must be someting very dangerous about me because you mentioned my name TWICE (in both dangerous groups). There is no coincidence: I love it! I am honored!

      Hillarious Hub, as always. Thank you...

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      You faithless wench! You go off gallivanting around the world without me and then on top of it all you have the gall to come back firing complaints with your 12 inch guns! Just like a woman :-)))

      The fact remains Young Raye, that we cannot help being ennobled by being raised to the “Elite” (sic) status. I think it has to do with HubnPages’ inability to believe that anyone could possibly be as completely untalented as I am and they are incapable of comprehending this. As a result, they are assuming that my nonsense has some hidden higher meaning and that some strange literary gift is hidden behind it all :-)))))

      Welcome back and Kiss you :-)

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Just returned from jetting round the planet to find you promoted out of reach. How could you be so cruel to your devoted followers? Anyway ,thanks for the mention!xx

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Really Ken, you show show more respect to us Elites. It is not respectful to pull our legs. :-))))

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago

      De Greek I tend to agree with you, our memories do tend to not be as sharp as they once were, but then there are a few things we don't want to remember, let's just hope those go first:0)

      @RedElf how kind of you to suggest that I would have been a fine addition to accompany DG to his garage, I know what he was sneaking out there for. I can't see a man of his stature waiting till 2027 to have another cigar of which he enjoyed with Kings in his time.

      After such a long 17 years, a puff of a cigar may kill him at his age. How unfair of his dear wife to impose such a sentence on a Greek god who is a poet at heart and deserves to get his way once in awhile.

      I would love to have a smoke in the Atria, however the Greek recitals with as you say elderly ladies would not work for me. My dark poetry would scare them off. As far as modesty most definitely a keen observation on your part. Endearing quality,hmmm lol As for joining any tea party, not on your life:0) Hugs

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Stop pulling my leg, Colin. It's not nice :-)

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      ...if there is anyone who is worthy of the lofty title 'elite' my friend then it is you!!!

      As far as I'm concerned this is the center of the hub universe - a virtual mecca, if you will, for enlightened and savvy people! Bravo to you - and the company you keep!!!

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      8 years ago from Canada


    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      RedElf! An Elite with a sense of humour suitable for us peasants! How wonderful this is! And I am running out of exclamation signs! :-))))

      Very clever, glad you dropped by :-)

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      8 years ago from Canada

      @ saddlerider1

      Ken, I, for one, am very sorry you declined. Dmitiris would certainly have appreciated your company. Perhaps then he wouldn't feel the need to slink off to the garage - Ooops! - I'm sorry - to vanish into the MAN Cave to skulk in solitary splendor.

      He knows he is perfectly welcome to enjoy his cigars and Schopenhauer in the atria.

      ...and I am sure you would have been a wonderful addition to his Tuesday Tea Club - he speaks on Greek poetry every other Tuesday, and those sweet elderly ladies just swoon over him. I'm sure they would have loved to welcome you as well.

      I do find if he has one fault, though, Dmitiris tends to be a bit over-modest - such an endearing quality in a man, don't you think?

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      The De Greeks have no shame, neeleshkulkarni, and will toot their own horn incessantly :-)

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      8 years ago from new delhi

      huh which means that if one is already an "elite"in ones own eyes one has to become that all over again ere?????and read stopencopper for it? or is it spokenpotter??? what does a copper potter have to do with elitist tendencies???man life sure is hard!!!!! hang in there De greek- this one was OOWWWWEsome.

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      My dear friend Ken, your memory is going, as is the destiny of most of us after a certain age. You have forgotten that I can only smoke my next cigar in 2027 -

      As for the Elites, I expect to be fired any day now :-))))

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago now see why I declined and passed the Elite torch to you, my Greek Olympian sprinter. I knew you would wear the laurel and grace the Elite stage with the golden rod and laughter in your heart. You my friend will add the Midas touch to your team of gifted and talented Elite's.

      Your sense of humor,wit,sharpness of tongue will keep your fellow Elite's in check. I expect to see great things spring forth from you DG and offer up Nuggets of Gold for all of us to chuckle with.

      Thank you for staying amongst us mere mortals and peasants, now pass me a cigar and a glass of your finest liqueur of the Greek gods and lets break dance,but please bring your own plates:0))

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      I shall take your advice to heart, Itakins :-)

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      8 years ago from Irl

      De Greek

      You must avoid cliches like the plague:)

    • De Greek profile imageAUTHOR

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      You got me with the first two lines, but it's "the hens lay soft-boiled eggs" that did most of the damage :-)))

      James, I had to Google this as I never heard it before, and I thank you for introducing it to me :-)))

      So I am now packing and I shall see you there :-))

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      There's a lake of gin we can both jump in, and the handouts grow on bushes

      In the new-mown hay we can sleep all day, and the bars all have free lunches

      Where the mail train stops and there ain't no cops, and the folks are tender-hearted

      Where you never change your socks and you never throw rocks,

      And your hair is never parted

      Oh the buzzin' of the bees in the cigarette trees near the soda water fountain,

      At the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings on the Big Rock Candy Mountains

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, all the cops have wooden legs

      And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth and the hens lay soft-boiled eggs

      The farmer's trees are full of fruit and the barns are full of hay

      Oh I'm bound to go where there ain't no snow

      Where the rain don't fall, the wind don't blow

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, you never change your socks

      And little streams of alcohol come a-trickling down the rocks

      The brakemen have to tip their hats and the railroad bulls are blind

      There's a lake of stew and of whiskey too

      And you can paddle all around 'em in a big canoe

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains the jails are made of tin,

      And you can walk right out again as soon as you are in

      There ain't no short-handled shovels, no axes, saws or picks,

      I'm a-goin' to stay where you sleep all day

      Where they hung the jerk that invented work

      In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

      I'll see you all this comin' fall in the Big Rock Candy Mountains!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Katie, you ALWAYS can make me smile, Kid.....:-)

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I feel you pain brother, go ahead and tell your elite buddies that I too enjoy a good cigar and it would take a bottle of red before I could endure their chatter. Your one hell of a man, no doubt a great big "e" Thanks for remembering us little people after all it is we who will always adore you no matter your letter... Peace and thanks for the stimulating chuckle. Peace :)

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      MPG you are a gem :-))) Thank you for passing by :-)

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I actually rate a mention, De Greek I am honoured to be amongst such esteemed company. As for the rif raf, who cares about them (oops, I think I just lost some followers).

      We are the elite who understand all poetry, prose and verse (aren't these all the same thing) ... anyway laughing hilariously as usual.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Jane - thank you for noticing - hehe

      D'mitris - you're with me some way, somehow, somewhere then! ;->

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      - Green Lotus, the funny thing is that some people take my nonsence seriously and think that I mean what I say :-)))

      - Yes, IP, we wise ones shall lead the peasants to new world conquests! :-)))

      - Petra, I see myself ending up in hiding in a little known cave in Romania, to escape the populace :-))

      - MartieCoetser, you are not paying attention, child! We have already covered this item! Anyway, to repeat, the secret is as follows:

      . Think of any subject

      . Google it and pinch various ideas, mixing them up into a hub

      . Do five of these a day

      . Reach an agreement with your friends to comment on each other's Hubs with comments such as "Owesome!"

      . Press a lot of buttons

      VOILA! After a few weeks, your score will be 100 :-))

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Elite like you will always have followers, SIR, who will read your hubs end out, smiling. Now that you are up there amongst the high and mighty, will you please do us a favour and try to unravel the mystery called HubScore. We promise we’ll never tell anyone that you were the spy who lifted us out of woeful ignorance :))))

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Oh, how I feel for you, dear friend… Your unique sense of humor will get you through, but just in case the boring Elite fails to understand or appreciate it, remember the mortals are still here ready to share a cup of coffee or a beer with a fallen hero

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Serving is so misunderstood and of course you have brought to our attention the sacrifices one must make when they don the mantle of superiority and leadership.

      I can only say that with you at the helm, we shall all go to hell in a hand basket most certainly but we will have the BEST time doing it!

      Carry on oh wise one and lead us strongly into the future storms of writing ahead. I just hope you don't start yelling 'man the torpedos' or crazy crap like that because I'm a very peaceful person by nature - stupid as all get out and quite the klutz yes, but peaceful.

      You are too funny - and I can't believe you got into trouble with Fokk University. All I can say is what the Fokk is up with that?

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I applaude you De Greek and wholeheartedly admire your desire to serve. A wise and gentle quote comes to mind from the delightful musical "Once Upon a Mattress" (music and lyrics by Mary Rodgers) in which the Queen agonizes over her royal status. "..common people don't know what exquisite agony is...being the true elite". I sympathize and secretly envy you. I am also humbled by the mention.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Lorlie6, we really have to be gracious about this and not rub it in too much :-)))

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      DRBJ, you wrong me! Your name was the first on my list! I have just checked and it is not in the story, but I cannot explain this. It must have been lost in the transfer. How could you possibly harbour such base thoughts for one whose love for you is pure and has been sang about through the ages... I shall expect your apologies by return :-)))

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Brother Tony, I had to write Henry IV's speach before teh battle of Agincourt 150 times as a punishment at school and these things tend to form a bond. I quote him off the cuff and impress the populace no end :-))

      So the reason you did not show up for the pocker game is that you did not get the email? This means that the beers are on you next time :-))

      If I ever have to climb down the ladder of success, I think that it would be difficult to adapt to you peasants, but what can one do? I shall have to make do :-))

      You did not go back to see my response to your comment in my last hub,'My Wife's Ass' about absences of the aged & signs of life :-)))

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      - LadyJane, just knowing Schopenhauer makes you high-brow in these neck of the woods :-)) - Glad that I could raise a smile :-)

      - GeeGee, see how useful blood ties are in this world? You have access to the high and mighty personality LadyJane and the world is yours :-))

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      8 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      DeGreek Believe me I have been called worse than the "devils spawn" especially recently hehe, but it's all good you are hilarious. Im not as "high brow" as ladyjane is because I havent a clue who "Schopenhauer" is lol. :) ge

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Ah yes, De Greek-our ethereal standards require us to leave the rabble to their own devices here on HP, but it isn't unheard of to slum it occasionally-we simply never dirty ourselves when deigning to grace them with our presence.


      Love this, and thanks for the elevated mention!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      I never thought it would come to this, but it appears, Dimi dear, that our mutual attraction was just a temporary infatuation on your part, and you have thrown me aside (with no hub mention above) like an old shoe.

      Vengeance is not mine so your teaching position at "Fokk University" will not be revoked, but your subject matter for the coming term has been changed from "Greek Goddesses I Have Known and Loved," to "Literary Feats with Yeats and Keats."

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Brother Dimitris, this is a message from the lower regions (remember them?) I think we shared a joke or two together there awhile back!

      As for your ascent to the rarified atmosphere of the "elite" dare I quote Henry IV to you? "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." (And don't worry - I had to Google to find this! LOL!)

      Laughed my arse (don't you dig the English way of writing that!) off at this Hub - thanks! And thanks for the mention also. Appreciated!

      BTW did you leave my name off the list of those invited to the beer and poker evening - I didn't get the email? Take a dim view of that, I do!

      Hope we'll get to blow some froth off together sometime!

      Oh, and congrats on your elevation, brother. Richly deserved indeed!

      And if the loneliness does get to you eventually, know that you are always assured of a warm welcome back in these less elevated climes!

      Love and peace


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      8 years ago from Texas

      OH my since when did I become "high brow" lol this is very funny De Greek and my sis geegee77 is gonna love that devil's spawn thingy..especially of late. And ok so I know who "Schopenhauer" is, it doesnt mean anything. LOL CHeers to you, you made me laugh!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      - Brother Mentalist acer, you always get my jokes! Thank you for passing by :-)))

      - Enelle Lamb, if the other Elites hear that you do not read Schopenhauer, they are likely to kick you out of the club! Be careful of what you say!!!! :-)))

      - Christopher Price welcome here and already you are such a comfort to me. Knowing that you will keep a place for me at the peasant's trough in case the need arises, is a comfort to me :-))) - Nice to meet you :-)

      - msorensson your words are always so comforting, my Sweet Melinda :-))

      - Feline Prophet, modesty does not become you. You know that you can wipe the floor with us any time you want to as far as writing is concerned and so you hide behind your dislike of poetry. Clever, but not good enough, because we can also read and we know where you write!!! :-)))

      - Nellieanna, I am with you as far as FP is concerned! :-)

      - Jane Bovary, a member of Hoi Poloi is it? I am so honored to be rubbing shoulders with one such, whatever it might be :-)))

      - Hello, hello, - Good to see you again, but then you are always among the first to visit and offer your support. Thank you :-)

      - LT, these constant absences of yours do carry a penalty you know. The means that you will have to buy the beer next time we meet! - Thank you for passing by :-))

      - Wilderness, thank you for your kind words. It is always good to hear that someone has actually got the joke :-))

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      Dan Harmon 

      8 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      De Greek, you have once more left me in stitches. Never one to hobnob with the Elite, special ones of our society, I nevertheless follow behind, looking for the crumbs you have dropped from high above me. A great crumb here, your highness!

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      8 years ago from NE Ohio

      "the Sign of Four is also meeting in secret behind a little known trap door right beneath our very feet"

      Wait . . . what trap door? And you say there's beer there? And poker? I didn't get the memo . . .

      (Funny - er oh, I mean HYSTERICAL hub, de Greek.)


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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      It is no good crying into your cup of coffee/tea. Your are just too good writer. Thank you for your loyalty to mention me amongst your friends you are missing. This hub proved it that your a fantastic writer. I was stuck to the screen reading it right through and had a good laugh. Ahhhh such hardship.

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      Jane Bovary 

      8 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is such a great poem, i'ts worth creating a hub just to be able to quote it.

      "Devil's spawn"...hahaha. It's a terrible burden to be a member of the elite De Greek...or so I assume. As a card carrying member of the hoi polloi, I can only guess at the awesome sense of superiority and the painful alienation that must cause. Thankyou for the mention..sir...(tugs cap)

      @Nellianna..."I try to not let refinement get stuck between my teeth", I love that line.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Just for the record, I can sadly attest to the fact that FP doesn't dig poetry much. If I want any of her attention, I must publish some adequate prose occasionally! But her perceptions are so keen that nothing gets by her noble notice wherever she directs it. When it comes to high positions, she can easily qualify for any she desires. It's all the more to her credit that she shuns titles and simply enjoys the respect of many, though.

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      'Highbrow inmate'? Shudder. Don't burden me with such titles, who hasn't understood a single poem since 'Lochinvar' in school! :D

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      8 years ago

      Ahh.. Fame does have a price, beloved friend. Well, what shall it be for you? Fame and fortune or fortune and fame? ha are soo funny...

      I too share your desire for the ability to write poems..oh..but I would rather read the poems of my beloved poets here and elsewhere than make my own...

      I think poetry is reserved for the gods and goddesses of literature.

      Do not worry about us mere mortals, beloved De Greek. We know how to bow to the elites such as yourself. We love you, god or not, period.

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      Christopher Price 

      8 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Lonely at the top, hey?

      Isn't your place now where the Elite meet to eat?

      Fear not. We Plebeians are naughty not haughty and will still accept you here in the trough.

      Apparently I am beneath notice, having missed your lists.

      No matter, next time you're slumming, that will be me offering to wash your limo's windshield with Windex and a page from the New York Times Book Review.


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      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I am not versed in the classics either and have no idea who Schopenhauer is...

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Haha,the elite is by definition a lonley realm...except when praise is common,as you commonly have my praise to your subtance and not stature;)

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Nellieanna it's the 'keeping your virtue' part that creates an obstacle with Kipling :-)))

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, that's all. Be happy with what you get from us common folk now that you are in a position of ruler class/ elite! Perhaps your "hysterical" days have succumbed, in a similar manner as when poor fun-loving Elizabeth I had to pull in her reins, and of course - all the others had to get with the program in order to rule from on high. You have the diadem now. You can spell it dyadam if you like. ;->

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      I must be forgiven for whatever happens here. Duplicate posts - whatever. I'm breaking in a new Mac laptop and sometimes it has a mind of its own. Sounds all too familiar doesn't it?

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      NOW you are talking :-)))

      But you did not mark this up, I see :-))

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      LOL!!! You are adorable and funny, De Greek!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      I am beginning to feel that this is a communist conspiracy! SMILE??? Is that all? You should be rolling about in hysterics, girl! :-))

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      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I am in good company being part of the group that "shocks" the elite. hehe. Your trials and tribulations made me smile with amusement.:)

      Ooops, I used the "amusement", its a high compliment my friend! LOL!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      - Pamela99, amusing? AMUSING??? It's like calling the Pope religious! I am hilarious, Child! :-)))

      - Et tu Nellieanna? 'Cute' - 'Fun' 'Still fun' ????? Is that all???? Oh that hurts. :-)))

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - you were a Mariner, as I recall. But Ancient? naw - not yet, anyway.

      Cute hub. You haven't yet "lost the common touch" and yet still "all men count with you but none too much."

      You're still fun.

      (I try to not let refinement get stuck between my teeth. - but thanks for the kind word.)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      De Greek, You are amusing as always and I am so glad that while you are now an elite, you remember th little people from where you arose.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Ah... how kind you are, thank you. And you were pretty quick there with the comment. I have just published this :-)))

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      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Never've struck my funny bone again and made me laugh out loud! thanks :)


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