Day 10 – NanoPoblano – “The Power Our Friends And Our Souls Provide” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “When Stretch’d on One’s Bed” by Jane Austen

Hello everyone of you, welcome, welcome!

Tonight, for Day 10 of my found poetry marathon through this glorious month of NanoPoblano, my poetic duet partner is Austin Powers!

Wait a minute…who has been tampering with my cue cards? It’s not Austin Powers!

I meant to say my partner in rhyme is of Pride & Prejudice fame, Jane Austen!

(Sorry Austin, you’ll have to take your mojo elsewhere for the time being but thanks for the memories all the same).

In the end, I went with “When Stretch’d on One’s Bed” by Jane Austen (because who doesn’t like their nice soft warm beds and sleep…fools that’s who!) as my foundation inspiration.

You can find the lyrics for it here at My Poetic Side.

I have also posted the whole poem below for your convenience too.

“When Stretch’d on One’s Bed” by Jane Austen

When stretch’d on one’s bed
With a fierce-throbbing head,
Which precludes alike thought or repose,
How little one cares
For the grandest affairs
That may busy the world as it goes!

How little one feels
For the waltzes and reels
Of our Dance-loving friends at a Ball!
How slight one’s concern
To conjecture or learn
What their flounces or hearts may befall.

How little one minds
If a company dines
On the best that the Season affords!
How short is one’s muse
O’er the Sauces and Stews,
Or the Guests, be they Beggars or Lords.

How little the Bells,
Ring they Peels, toll they Knells,
Can attract our attention or Ears!
The Bride may be married,
The Corse may be carried
And touch nor our hopes nor our fears.

Our own bodily pains
Ev’ry faculty chains;
We can feel on no subject besides.
Tis in health and in ease
We the power must seize
For our friends and our souls to provide.


Finally, here is my poem inspired by the marvellous words of Jane Austen, so have a little read and hope you all enjoy it.


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“The Power Our Friends And Our Souls Provide” by David Ellis

When a fierce thought cares
For the grandest of affairs
The world feels loving concern
To learn what hearts, minds, dines on is one’s muse
They attract our attention
May our hopes, fears, feel in ease
The power our friends and our souls provide.


Still want more? Then check out other Day 10 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!


by its cover –


DIY: Pom-Pom Pencil Holder – Dean Kealy Design

Project Echoshadow: The Guardian (Revised) – Echoshadow

Life on the Other Side – Behind the Willows

On being a good photographer (or maybe just on taking lots of pictures) – NOTTHROWINGSTONES.TODAY

Meet Oyiwodu, from Nigeria. – Julie Burton Blog

coke – the matticus kingdom

What do you do? – Nanopoblano Day 10 – NamySaysSo – Poetry, Insights and Insightful Poetry

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 10 – Vanessence

vinyl – No Talent For Certainty

mariposa – No Talent For Certainty

desert ways – No Talent For Certainty

On To The 60th: what happens when you’re dancing to a Latin beat – The Temenos Journal

All The Things I Haven’t Said – The Temenos Journal

READING – Rarasaur

Daredevil Season 3 – 33 Grams of Blog

Self sufficient – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

Crushin’ it – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

Astonishing – Cats and Chocolate

A Lizard’s Tale – loristory

My Day in Haiku – Mommy Quits

Sims Home Designs – Just A Little Bit Sweet

Look at me, phoning it in already. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

Unprofound – RENEE ROBBINS

Which Comes First – Success or Happiness – Infinity Coaching

WE ARE FAMILY – Drunk on Life

The World Needs More Love Letters… – Aberrant Crochet (TM)


A chilly return – Freckled Foolery


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