Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Hope in the marshes

Every sail that once drew force
And every till directed,
Pulled a traveler from his course
And led somewhere unexpected.

And every chart, once drawn, was cursed
And every cargo weeviled,
And every merchant, last to first,
Has seen his commerce eviled.

Tossed at sea in tear and terror,
What I've come to realize is:
It's tragedy and not mere error
When Charon's boat capsizes.
-Lord Nelson

PROGRAM, n. A partial plan for future disappointments.


Nessa said...

I love the word "weeviled." Makes me giggle.

My program always includes plans for the exact opposite of what I want. Why is that? you ask. Well, I will tell you. That is because every plan I make goes awry. This way I am sure to get what I want. Reverse psychology even works on the Fates.

I keep asking for a pass to Hades, but they keep refusing me entrance.

Karen said...

... TLP is back at the top and first, as she should be, Doug.

Good morning, again. Thank you for your advice. Plagiarism is the right way to start my day.

Would you like sliced bananas with your breakfast?

quilly said...

PRO, prefix meaning "in support of"

GRAM, n.
1.) 1797, from Fr. gramme, from L.L. gramma "small weight,"
2.) Any of several plants, such as the chickpea, bearing seeds widely used as food in tropical Asia.
3.) informal grandmother.

PROGRAM, n. an attitude of favoritism for small grandmothers full of beans.

Karen said...

Yeah, TLP!! What the heck is wrong you? Doug forewarned you yesterday morning to get with the program by nodding at me!!!

Currently, I'm enjoying my tea and crumpets AND NOW I have sliced bananas!!

ALSO, I wish to thank Charon, the ferryman of Hades, who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron, which divided the world of the living from the world of the dead,


Anonymous said...

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Thom said...

PROGRAM, n: I need to get with it here to keep up LOL

Nice poem Doug

sauerkraut said...

Thank goodness you changed the course I had plotted for you, Quilly. Thought you were going to suggest that I need to go on a diet.

tsduff said...

Program: - Often the best part of the show.

TLP said...

My program says that I'm first up for Thursday. (Actually it doesn't say anything. You have to read it.

Doug said...

Nessa, did you try swallowing a penny?

Karen, I seem to get sliced bananas whether I ask for them or not.

Quilly, you mean TLP?

Thanks, TLP. We can always count you first and give those above you minus one, minus two, etc.

Karen, you noticed that too, huh?

Hey, Bear! Is that my Thomas Bros. address?

Thanks, Thom. You're in the program.

Sauerkraut, that would be well astern.

Usually, Terry, yes.

Talking programs call your name, TLP.

Dr. Minnie Strator said...

Program: A set of opportunities!

Doug said...

Minnie, all at 50% overhead.