Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lagniappe: A Moral That Runs at Large

Little of all we value here
Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
Without both feeling and looking queer.
In fact, there's nothing that keeps its youth,
So far as I know, but a tree and the truth.
(This is a moral that runs at large;
Take it. You're welcome. No extra charge.)

Oliver Wendell Holmes
This is an excerpt from a longer poem The Deacon's Masterpiece or "The One-Hoss Shay." It is hilarious. Not what I expected at all when I turned my poetry book's page for the morning read. But those last two lines of this excerpt give you a sense of how Holmes could mix something that seems very modern with the old fashioned comedy of a deacon building a carriage that will last!

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