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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A Psalm for a Palm.


O upright palm in the morning sun,
Are ye awareth of thy impending fate?
The song of the chain
Thy praises singeth not.


And so it came to pass that Steve, son of Gary, born of Judith
Prepared for his task, and
Prayed for guidance and sureness of hand.

And thus it was, at the end, mercifully quick
and the dead palm shall suffer the little winds to come unto it
no more.

For lo! Let us give thanks to Steve the Samaritan
That whosoever is required to tidy the palm
Shall henceforth find each section of the appropriate size
For ease of carrying.
And who supplied most readily the invoice
Before departing.

And later, in the fore-noon, did arrive Reg,
Whose mighty stump-grinder did erase most evidence of the palm
And who predicted the appearance of his invoice
In the fullness of time.


Amen.

3 comments:

  1. Very nicely done :) But why did you have to get rid of it? Do they get terribly big?

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  2. GB, EB, thank you.
    Emily, it's very rare that I cut anything down. In fact, I think I haven't in the 19 years we've been here.
    But this palm was where I have had the drive extended so people can park and turn around better. This was to bow to public opinion; some years ago we blocked off the turnaround so we'd have more garden, and visitors have been wistful ever since! :-D

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