“Poetry is for faggots and lonely women, which is why like it so much.”
“I like poetry.”
“I like poetry, too.”
“You shouldn't let poets lie to you.”
“I knew a poet once. He could never be anywhere on time, the idiot!”
Poet is a term that refers to certain wandering persons without homes, particularly those who make a habit of sending incomprehensible scribblings through the mail to appear artistic. The iconic image of a poet is that of a downtrodden, shabbily-dressed and perhaps drunken male, one that was solidified in American culture during the Great Depression. Poets are often depicted carrying goatee clippers.
The image of the poet has been employed by entertainers to create wildly successful characters in the past, most famously Emmett Kelly's "Rhymin Wymin" and Red Skelton's "Freddy the Freeloader".
The origin of the term poet is not confirmed, though there are popular theories.
Some have suggested that it may come from the term poe-boy meaning "miserably broke long-winded blowhard without a job." Others suggest that it could come from the admonition of Edgar Allen Poe's mother upon confiscating his wine-bottles: "Poe, eat!" (Being misunderstood in sound as 'Poeat') Still others have said that the term comes from the Japanese word po-po-et meaning "Man who nobody reads and who then lands on sword."
The population of poets increases during times of economic trouble, and indeed their numbers increased greatly during the Great Depression. With no work and no prospects at home, many people decided in the 1930s to take up poetry, since it paid as much as any other work available at the time -- that is to say, nothing.
Nowadays there are few railroad-riding poets left, though there are still small numbers of them teaching for food in the universities. Some itinerant poets today travel by car rather than rail, but still identify themselves as homeless and are routinely rounded up by the police and sent to San Francisco, where they end up as being forcefully recruited into vile gay gangs roaming the street sexually attacking innocents.
Life as a poet is a dangerous one. In addition to the problems of being literate, itinerant, poor, far from home and support, and the hostile attitude of the majority of the U.S. Population (Which is illiterate), the railroads employ their own security staff in order to keep poets off the boxcars. These guards, often nicknamed literary journal editors, have a reputation for being rough with poets.
If that wasn't enough, composing verse while trying to jump onto a freight train can be perilous. When trying to think up words that rhyme, one can easily fall under the wheels or get trapped between cars, or freeze to death in bad weather while trying to think of deep things to write about. When freezer cars are loaded at an ice-factory, any poet inside is likely to be killed before his sonnets defrost. Which might take a while, depending on're deepness of its rhymes, since depth + rhymes equals lack of temperature (can be translated to lack of popularity or not being "hot" enough) if one's allowed to add a little mathematics to it, but that's out of the question with poetry, far too useful.
Often heard in certain neighbourhood of poet-gang's formed their own slang.
Beware if you should just travel trough their area, they're often armed with razor-sharped edged paper's and ton-weighing book's.
To cope with the difficulty of poet life, poets have developed a system of symbols, or a code. Poet's write this code with chalk or coal to provide directions, information, and warnings to other poets. Some signs include "turn right here", "beware of hostile railroad police", "dangerous dog", "food available here", and so on. For instance:
|Adults | African Americans | Americans | Asian People | Assholes | Australians | Babies | Basement-dwellers | Beatniks | Bros | Black People | Blondes | Bogans | Boys | Brazilians | Brits | Brunettes | Canadians | Captains | Cavemen | Chavs | Children | Christians | Communists | Dolphins | Douches | Dummies | Emos | Extremely Ugly People | Fascists | Fat People | Feminists | Filipinos | Flying Gypsies | French | Frisians | Furries | Gays | Geeks | Germans | Gnomes | Heroes | High School Girls | Hindus | Hippies | Hispanics | Idiots | Indians | Irish | Italians | Japanese | Jehovah's Witnesses | Jews | Lesbians | Lesbos | Men | Mermaids | Metalheads | Mexicans | Minsterians | Monks | Mormons | Muslims | Native Americans | Nazis | Nerds | Niggers | Ninjas | Nuns | Pirates | Ninja Pirates | Old people | Pikeys | Poets | Poles | Politicians | Preps | Psychics | Punks | Retards | Redheads | Rednecks | Russians | Scientologists | Southern People | Teenagers | Thieves | Trolls | Toddlers | Tourettes People | Trekkies | Turks | Vegetarians | White People | Wiggers | Wookiees | Women | Yuppies|