Friday, December 01, 2006

prolixity           [couplet into rubai]


What frenzy has of late possessed the brain
though few can write   yet fewer can refrain
as we sink   into the basin of prolixity
the sound you hear is us   gone down the drain



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The first two lines are borrowed from Samuel Garth (1661-1719). (I suppose I felt his showoffy snobbery required more nuanced embelishment.)

8 Comments:

Blogger gautami tripathy said...

It did. You did it well.

Wed Dec 06, 06:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

Short but the thoughts behind those few lines could fill a library, have a blessed joyful new year

Thu Dec 07, 02:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Raphael Israel said...

thanks Gautami and Plus.
d.i.

Mon Dec 11, 08:27:00 AM PST  
Blogger M. Shahin said...

Very nicely expressed. The snobbery comes through the first lines, but I think you took it over well, and made it your own. Down the drain we go...

Thu Dec 14, 07:35:00 PM PST  
Blogger andy gricevich said...

Made me laugh out loud.

Tue Dec 19, 08:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

MS and AG -- thanks!

Speaking of prolixity (or its absence), I'm merely hopscotching to occasional virtual life (via PC at Kinko's) at the moment), being mostly stranded in the real (so to speak) due to mix of (first) travel and (then) computer/DSL issues -- the latter hopefully sorted out soon. Hence the lack of blogging . . .

Meanwhile gearing up for internat'l travel: just got my Chinese visa today.

cheers,
d.i.

Wed Dec 20, 12:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Megha said...

i really like these lines, his and yours!

Fri Dec 22, 01:46:00 AM PST  
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