Thursday, April 30, 2009

Youth

YOUTH, n. The Period of Possibility, when Archimedes finds a fulcrum, Cassandra has a following and seven cities compete for the honor of endowing a living Homer.
Youth is the true Saturnian Reign, the Golden Age on earth again, when figs are grown on thistles, and pigs betailed with whistles and, wearing silken bristles, live ever in clover, and cows fly over, delivering milk at every door, and Justice never is heard to snore, and every assassin is made a ghost and, howling, is cast into Baltimost!
—Polydore Smith 
2009 Update: The apex of a life when all hardship lies behind, every error ahead and wisdom glistens like gemstones in every orifice.

18 comments:

Jamie Dawn said...

Youth: Smooth skinned, energetic, and omniscient.

actonbell said...

Yep, they think they know everything.

the amoeba said...

So, you're saying that the amount of wisdom in any given person is proportional to the number and gaudiness of their body piercings? No wonder. Of course, I would have considered that to be an inverse relationship, but what do I know? I'm no longer young.

YOUTH, n. An optimist's view of a young person and the object of his attentions. The curmudgeon's, of course, is MEETH. Arlen Spector's, too - and he's 80.

Ariel the Thief said...

Youth is what we measure in time instead of density.

Lily Strange said...

Cliche but true:
Wasted on the young.

Anonymous said...

yes youth
what thoughts it conjures up,
uncle sam enjoyed the day 100,
of new improved youthful government,
will continue to observe
with a youthful
outlook--
looking for the
possibilities
the angles
but most importantly
to embrace life
Peace

the amoeba said...

Bear, you're an inspiration.

YOUTH, n. The magical elixir of existence that allows one to approve an unannounced low-level flyover of New York City, and escape copping the blame for it.

the amoeba said...

One more and I'll stop, Actonbell.

What's the difference between a youth and parents?

The youth knows everything.
The parents "no" everything.

quilly said...

Since you liked this so much over at my place the other day, I thought I'd repeat it here:

Elsewhere

Teenage strife
clashes with parents
tomorrow lurks beyond the moon
and life
seems about to happen
elsewhere….

CLA

jenn said...

Know-it-alls.

Wait until they hit 36 and realize they know nothing. NOTHING!!! That'll learn them.

Nessa said...

Youth are only as young as youth feel.

Tom & Icy said...

We were young once, I think, can't remember. Was it the dentist or gynecologist that came home after work and said "I had a hard day at the orifice."

TLP said...

That for which we are all nostalgic.

The young are wonderful. They still have hope and ideals. They haven't given up on changing the world, one parent at a time.

Ariel the Thief said...

TLP, the older I am the more I realize how defenceless the young is, they don't believe all those bad things can hit them like they do others, like in bull-fight, when the bull enters the ring and is curious, fast and angry, and believes things are going to go by his own rules soon. We should keep the generousity of youth when we get old. :)

Doug said...

JD, sort of annoying, too, right?

Actonbell, counting money, though, is a special area of expertise.

Amoeba, Specter's just getting started.

Very good, Ariel!

Little was ever wasted on me, Cheesemeister.

Bear, it takes a mature man to believe in the young. Or a forgetful one.

Amoeba, that was an amazing story that didn't get enough coverage. Wow.

That's the distillation, Quilly.

Jenn, you're a prodigy.

Hah, Nessa. Sadly for me, that's true.

Icy, when you forget your first youth, you're ready for the second.

Funny, TLP. Now sit up straight.

Ariel, can we just keep the bull?

tsduff said...

Youth: Never appreciated by the young - only by the old.

weirsdo said...

Indefinite period of callowness.

Cooper said...

If only the rose remained perpetually bloomed.