de mortuis nihil nisi bonum


There was a time
When the sun was shining
And people were smiling
And the world was at play
Amongst the Adriatic breeze
And we’d thought we’d all stay
A short while and see what happened

Ay, caramba ! we would say
To those whom we stumbled upon
And the band would strike up
A tune of sorts,
Bees to a honeypot
‘Hail fellow, well met’,
‘Auf widersehen to you, Pet’.

Putting random names and thoughts
Together in sucession
Capturing the imagination
Telling bankers and other crackpots
To laugh on one’s account
Dotting, tease, and crossing eyes
And occasionally a big surprise

Non timeo danaos et dona ferentes
The aircraft yaw goes right, then left
(and pedantry we were then bereft)
The catheter view politic sparked quite bright
Visual clues dressed in red and white
The tray of victuals taken across the shores
Maximum effort to bring that water from the well

And then the chill came
Icebergs were seen in the flow
And then we didn’t know
Who was what or when was where
Were there doppelgangers everywhere
The decline and fall had begun
Did anyone really care

Fingers were pointed, and the blame
Apportioned on various quarters
The guillotine came quick that year
But rather than seed fear
It created malcontent and confusion
But not a revolution
Is that not a feeble picture ?

As the waters lap at the loch
A Scot’s thoughts drift over the other ford
The party’s nearly over for some
As the bonfire begins to peter out
And the beaten hold on for more
We go back to whence we came
And walk down Memory Lane

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About TI

TI is based in Auckland, New Zealand. TI's somewhat eclectic interests include (but are certainly not limited to) legal humour (the law can be funny), good wine, the search for the best possible chocolate, alcoholic beverages, travel, commercial aircraft, photography, weird news stories and classical music.
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