Thursday, December 03, 2009

Seine

SEINE, n. A kind of net for effecting an involuntary change of environment. For fish it is made strong and coarse, but women are more easily taken with a singularly delicate fabric weighted with small, cut stones.
The devil casting a seine of lace,
(With precious stones 'twas weighted)
Drew it into the landing place
And its contents calculated.

All souls of women were in that sack —
A draft miraculous, precious!
But ere he could throw it across his back
They'd all escaped through the meshes.
—Baruch de Loppis
2009 Update: A French river which separates the dissolute from the industrious Parisian- a distinction too speculative to be made along any other course.

12 comments:

pia said...

I love your definition. So the people who live on the Right Bank are industrious and wonderful; and those who live on the Left Bank are lazy and dissolute? Isn't it always that way? :) Specutlatively speaking that is

Jim said...

The line that separates the dissolute from the industrious is growing ever thinner.
Now look at (some) peoples' hero, T**r W**ds.
For sure he was the kids idol.
..

Nessa said...

It must be something in the water.

Name That Christmas Song

Thom said...

Seine: More US military to Afghanistan? Sounds of Vietnam if you ask me

Ariel the Thief said...

Paris, the Seine, croissant, Sophie Marceau, Jean Reno and inspector Maigret. My French education. :)

actonbell said...

Love the poem, and didn't know about this kind of Seine language.

sauerkraut said...

seine --> fish or

seine ---> purse ---> women ---> too much xmas shopping ---> empty wallet ---> pnutbutter sammich cuz I can no longer afford the fish.

word veri: distide

Anonymous said...

pnutbutter sammich ---> PBJ

Doug said...

I think that might be always the way, Pia.

I tell ya, Jim, the better-than-us ain't so hot, either.

Or the water itself, Nessa. Or would that be the Pregel?

Thom, I'm starting to think you're messing with me.

Ariel, you know more than I do. I didn't have Inspector Maigret.

Sure,Actonbell. There's Seine Language and Writin' Language.

Sauerkraut, good luck in January.

Enjoy, Anonymous.

Thom said...

Moi? Never :)

quilly said...

I never even seine this yesterday. It didn't make my Google Reader and my brain no longer functions without helps.

Anonymous said...

miss a day
miss a good word

seine
banking technique
where-as
all the little fish(you and i)
harvested
and the big fish(goldman&thieves)
swim away

PEACE