Thursday, August 1, 2013

And now a word from Robert Frost.

I always liked Frost, the Virginia-born New Englander who taught my generation about poetry. Here's a little something for a rainy Thursday:

Provide, Provide

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag
Was once the beauty Abishag,

The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood.

Die early and avoid the fate.
Or if predestined to die late,
Make up your mind to die in state.

Make the whole stock exchange your own!
If need be occupy a throne,
Where nobody can call you crone.

Some have relied on what they knew,
Others on being simply true.
What worked for them might work for you.

No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard
Or keeps the end from being hard.

Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide! 


Rob Hatfield said...

I'm quite partial to "The Woodpile." Familiar with it?

george tannenbaum said...

Don't know it, Rob. Checking it out though.

Anonymous said...

Good fences do indeed make good neighbors.