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An Expedient Remedy

Standing at the edge of a precipice, a man looked down.  There was much that needed doing, getting down the cliff for one, and he did not know where to start.  It was information he lacked—was there, for example, a path down?  For another, just how much of the cliff face would he need to explore before the way made itself clear?  And what would he eat in the meantime? 

A Poem of the Purple Tulip

If a purple tulip could talk
she would say something calm
cool and wise, without the flash
a soothing, ready balm
She would listen to cares and woes
and nod in regal fashion
her words would have steady care
to psychologic questions
She'd listen with careful ease
and forgive all lowly faults
finding concealed buried worth
hidden in secret vaults
'Let all come forth,' she'd say
with no hint of jealous eye
and bring forth truth and good and right
from tangled messy ties
One would feel encouraged
having in her presence been
saluting her majestic head
with courage for one's kin.

An Ode to Spring

When Red burst on the scene, it was all he could do to keep from lording it over the others.  It wasn't entirely his fault; he could not help a perfectly timely arrival.  White had already arrived, indeed she was the first to arrive.  But it was readily agreed that she was far too showy and demur.  Too stately for her own good, Red thought.  The only reason why she held her place was only because she arrived first, and no other reason.  Everyone was simply too glad of her presence to notice her lack of vibrance, for she made the barrenness seem all at once more bearable.  


Two girls sat on a rock and stared out at the wide expanse of sea and sky that met their gaze.  They had decided to spend the day philosophically.

            'Do you think, Jo, that something could drop out of the sky big enough to empty the entire ocean in one splash?'

            'Oh, sure,' said Jo, easily enough.  'But if that happened, we'd all die.'

            'All of us?Everyone?’ queried the asker.
‘Definitely,’ said Jo. ‘Even if someone was right in the middle of the continent sitting ready in one of those boats that can flip the right way up again?’ ‘They’d probably die, too,’ Jo said.‘Listen, Lily, do you think there could be a disease so bad everyone on earth would die within an hour?’ Lily sat thinking for a moment, then said, ‘If the disease travelling in something really fast, like through light, then yeah, it could happen.’ ‘Light as the bearer of doom?’ said Jo, with a raised brow and a small smile. ‘Exactly,’ said Lily lightly, flas…