Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

EXTREMES


 

Man’s never satisfied, is it not plain!
       Here are we, tired of the endless rowing,
Pleased to be pressing the grasses again!

How many days since one heard the refrain—
       “Life upon land is the poorest thing going!”

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Man’s never satisfied, is it not plain?

Trite though the proverb, ’tis true in the main;
        Here we are freed from the torrent’s flowing,
Pleased to be pressing the grasses again.

Winter or summer, or sunshine or rain,

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       Skies that are sunny or skies that are snowing,
Man’s never satisfied, is it not plain?

Dear is the river, yet dearer the twain,
       Forest and field, where we watch the trees blowing,
Pleased to be pressing the grasses again.

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What we aspire to and what we attain,
       Different—very—by their own showing.
Man’s never satisfied; we’re—it is plain—
Pleased to be pressing the grasses again!!

 


 

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