Wednesday, May 13, 2009


They say hedgehogs do one thing well
While man, he errs diversely.
Dogs, in particular, excel
At helping man err worsely.
Since sea life feeds the world, it's true,
Gives us breath and some glows, too,
I guess it's no surprise to find men
Take things of value and combine them.
Inspired thought, it seems to me.
But a better one, it must be said-
Would be human with a hedgehog head.

PROGRESS, n. The obsolescence of the senses.


weirsdo said...

Great definition.

I think I mentioned my favorite quote on progress, where Governor Gumpas, promoter of the slave trade in C. S. Lewis' THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, asks King Caspian if he's never heard of progress, and Caspian says he's seen it in an egg.
But it bears mentioning again, and besides, I'm first so I can say what I want.

Mo'a said...

You have given me food for an artful thought...I don't know if it will progress.

the amoeba said...

Just a couple more experiments, and Diogenes can dispense with the lantern. Surely that's progress?

Btw, sea anemones are animals, not plants. Flowery though they may be.

Doug said...

Darn tootin', Weirsdo, although that's hardly progress.

Mo'a, I hope so.

Edited, Amoeba. I should really start having you read my posts before I publish them.

Jim said...

Progress -- Once the egg hatches progress picks up its pace.

Progress -- Getting back into a 'retired' routine after our trip to Europe. Check my blog periodically, I'm making (slow) progress on the telling of our holiday as well.

Tom & Icy said...

To think and plan and then admire, then forget, then die, the end.

TLP said...

"Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?"

Quote by Stanislaw J. Lec.

Nice photo Ariel.

Hoping my third try at this is correct.

cooper said...


Refusing to walk through a wall of fire to get to the other side, or walking through a wall of fire to get to the other side.

Depending on if you are Doug or ....someone else.

Jamie Dawn said...

I enjoyed the poem. Would you rather have a hedgehog head or a baboon bohunkus?

Progress: Eating one truffle per day rather than three.

I hope you are making progress today at whatever you are doing. If not, eat a truffle and try again.


quilly said...

I can't believe no one else has said this:

PROgress, the opposite of CONgress.

Ariel the Thief said...

I am not sure how we reached this conclusion but a child with a hedgehog head is still better than a hedgehog with a child's appetite.

Great definition, Doug!

Doug said...

Jim, I check you pretty near daily. Retiring from vacation, by golly, is a good life.

See, Icy? Now you're thinking like a hedgehog. No room for mistakes there.

I'd have to say yes, TLP. Or when a Pennsyltuckian finally spells "lec."

Cooper, it's moving water I can't cross.

Hedgehog head, JD. Hedgehog head. Hedgehog head.

I think maybe you've said it, Quilly.

Ariel, I think hybrid specialization is a good idea.

sauerkraut said...

Progress. It's not just a place in Kansas anymore.

Anonymous said...

going forward??hard to tell,these days---night john boy....Peace

Doug said...

True, Sauerkraut, although Independence is pretty much just a place in Missouri.

Night, pa.