Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Two Roads

Two parties diverged in a forest,
And I wondered which would fare the poorest
Both seemed to be lost, enrutted and wounded,
Largely unready and probably spoon-fed,
Dressed for another clime with different weather,
In green felt, top hats, white gloves and leather.

As the two parties departed the other's company
And I wondered which would first reach their destination, if any
Tired, perhaps, indifferent, most likely,
Meandering confused, outspoken and hikely,
Certain of evil, puzzled by good,
Unsure of the trees and lost to the wood.

But as the parties grew further apart,
And I wondered what beacon shone on each group's heart,
It seemed the further they treaded
The nearer they headed
To the same dark part of the groveland,
Never separated, but for their hooves which were cloven.

PARTY, n. A silo for the fermentation of folly and fratricide.

Happy birthday to Mo'a, I think.

16 comments:

jenn said...

Party - any excuse for a hangover.

the amoeba said...

Trouble is, Doug, if they weren't headed for "the same dark part of the groveland", they'd never make enough in fundraising to pay for the trip. See A car in every garage...

Mo'a said...

Party did I hear party? Yes, indeed today is my Birthday. Doug, I am amazed that you remember.
Thank you for the lovely Birthday greeting.

TLP said...

Party (pooper): Ralph Nader

There's a party goin' on? Cake and ale all around?

TLP said...

Silly me.

I forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mo'a!

Jim said...

I'll check withh the airlines, tell me more!

Party: The party of the first part ... with the party of the second part.

Happy birthday to Mo'a (party girl)!

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That is all the better I can sing. So, "Happy birthday to Mo'a (party girl)!
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Jim said...

Two Roads: My sister tells us that when in doubt to always take the one on the left. The right path/line is more crowded so you will arive sooner using the left.

Two Roads: "I'll Take the High Road, You Take the Low Road."

Two Roads: The Bible says, “Broad is the way to destruction. Narrow is the way to life eternal and few there be that find it.”(JOHN 14:4-6)
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quilly said...

PAR n.
normal; average; a level of equality

TY abbrev.
territory

PARTY n.
golf course

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Fore! Playing through.

[waves] Happy Birthday Mo'a!

Jamie Dawn said...

A wish for a superb b-day to Mo'a.

:-)

When in the woods, I'd suggest that people stay together and NOT diverge.

Party - oh so many things come to mind... political parties, celebratory parties which sometimes include chocolate goodies & maybe truffles, a party of travelers such as in your poem, and Ruth Buzzi saying, "Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?"

Have a good day, Doug.
Party on, dude!

mireille said...

Happy Birthday, Mo'a! *She's Got The Funk, she's got the funk*

xoxoxo

cooper said...

That was perfect and everyone took my comment.

So the party of the first part becomes part of the party of the second part........

like said they took my comments.

happy birthday to Mo'a I think too.

Doug said...

Jenn, I prefer my hangovers alone.

Amoeba, there are a few problems, I think.

I hope it's grand, favorite sculptor of mine.

TLP, I'll thank you to not bring ecstasy this time.

Law or Analyze This, Jim? By the way, aren't you a little senior to be this happy at a party? That is the right quote, too. The way is narrow and the number few.

Quilly, today I won't get in your way.

JD, wasn't that Lily Tomlin? Party on, dudette!

Mireille, I think you need to hold the perfume bottle a little further from your nose.

Cooper, it bears repeating.

Anonymous said...

each party believes,that it could be misunderstood,that they could be thought to be, sleeping with the devil,,,progress: two steps forward,three back,one forward.....Peace,party time-have a bottle opener? Silo,aka-WhiteHouse

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Moa--a Brennivin Toast

Minka said...

Til hamingju med daginn, Moa min!

party,n. letting the pig out

Doug said...

Bear, it's probably the sulfur on their bedsheets that worries them.

Oink, Minka.