Friday, August 03, 2012

Resolving the Pension Crisis, Part II

Here's a man who needs no introduction so I won't give him any, except to say here's Robert Frost with "Provide, Provide!"
The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag,
Was once the beauty Abishag, 
The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood. 
Die early and avoid the fate.
Or if predestined to die late,
Make up your mind to die in state. 
Make the whole stock exchange your own!
If need be occupy a throne,
Where nobody can call you crone. 
Some have relied on what they knew;
Others on simply being true.
What worked for them might work for you. 
No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard,
Or keeps the end from being hard. 
Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide!
Afterthought: Humphrey Bogart (yes?) said the nicest thing about having money is that you can tell other people to go to hell. Steve Randy Waldman spells out what he really meant.

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1 comment:

New York Crank said...

I never thought about things the way Waldman presents them, but now that I've read his piece, I'm very much afraid that Waldman is right.

Scares the living bejeebers out of me.

Crankily fearful,
The New York Crank