Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste…
— from Paradise lost by John Milton
Call me Ishmael.
— from Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy,
and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope;
who expect that age will perform the promises of youth,
and that the deficiencies of the present day will be
supplied by the morrow, attend to the history of Rasselas…
— from Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin,
Before polygamy was made a sin;
When man on many multiplied his kind,
Ere one to one was cursedly confined;
When nature prompted, and no law denied
Promiscuous use of concubine and bride…
— from Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden
Yes, he was the most beautiful Prince
that ever was born.
— from The Little Lame Prince by Miss Mulock
ONCE there was a gentleman who married, for his second wife,
the proudest and most haughty woman that was ever seen.
— from Cinderella [It has no true author: it dates
back to the 9th century, possibly further, and was
told orally (not written down) for millenniums]
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister
on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had
peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no
pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’
thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?’
— from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
WHAT dire Offence from am’rous Causes springs,
What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things…
— from The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope
My essence, atman, being, energy or conscience,
Will someday jettison this old decrepit body
Which has seen numerous battles from its fox hole
Made of skin and bones.
My essence will be free of the prosthetics,
Garments, shoes and attire of mores.
My essence will flow freely through worm holes,
Black holes and all
Theories, postulates and realities.
The only reality my essence
Ever understood or stood under is
The unbridled being.
Let’s move forward to the present. While citizens can celebrate or condemn their preferences privately, the State Capitol Grounds, as an institution and symbol of the red-white-and-blue government, SHOULD and MUST ban the confederate flag from its edifices and grounds!!!
A delightful look at the offerings for runners and walkers (albeit my long distance walking days are behind me)!!