Saturday, April 21, 2018


Let’s say you’ve gone hiking, far out in the wood,
with a chatty old friend. Well, so far, so good.
But suddenly he will remark to you, “Lo!
You stand as Orion, a-stringing his bow,
while unseen another star figure awaits,
who once was Callisto, but now hibernates
in the sky. It is she whom you now have awoken!
I pray that you heed these dire words I have spoken!”

Well, he probably would have done better to shout:
“There’s a bear just behind you! Look out! Look out!”

So you see what I mean by this strong pair of phrases—
Plain speaking is better than long periphrasis.

1 comment: