Category Archives: Poetry

The Two-Toed & Three-Toed Tree Toads

A he-toad loved a she-toad That lived high in a tree. She was a two-toed tree toad But a three-toed toad was he. The three-toed tree toad tried to win The she-toad’s nuptial nod, For the three-toed tree toad loved … Continue reading

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A Hecatomb Of Oxen Or: Pythagoras’s Sacrifice

“Pythagoreans Celebrate the Sunrise” by Fyodor Bronnikov 1869 Legend has it that when the Greek philosopher Pythagoras discovered the Pythagorean theorem (the famous right-triangle theorem you probably first heard in algebra class then never heard it again until now), he … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #53

Debt Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger. — Samuel Johnson, extract from a letter to Joseph … Continue reading

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Quotable #53: Grass

There is no riddle to surpass The mystery of growing grass, Which bravely thrusts its tender stalk Thru tiny cracks along the walk, And thrives in crannies of the wall, And in the flower beds grows tall And grows and … Continue reading

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“Adverbities of Eros”

Yesterday too little nevertheless Thereupon notwithstanding everywhere At that point next together the way that Such as at length thus at the time as much as Formerly less thither of yore Here always in enough already near Quite so sometimes … Continue reading

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“An Embryo Angler”

“Don’t waste your time on the branches small,” Said the farmer to his son, “But lay your axe at the root of the tree, So your work is sooner done.” Then, like a good and obedient boy, Not a word … Continue reading

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“Successful And Fortunate Crime Is Called Virtue” And Other Parallels In Literature

Seneca the Younger While reading Edward Walker’s Historical Discourses (1705), the following sentence he quoted got my attention: Prosperum ac felix scelus, virtus vocatur. Walker neglected to provide the source of the quote. However, I am pretty sure that he … Continue reading

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