According to Thoreau,
One always needs to go
Upon new enterprises in old clothes,
Until you know the fit
Is wrong a little bit
And your old clothing such condition loathes.

And I might well concur,
But think I would prefer,
Were I to go the deepest depths to dive,
To have a diving suit
Before I had to do it,
If I kept some ambitions to survive!

And setting it my goal
To hike to the South Pole,
I think a thermal suit I might prefer –
For normal shorts and tee
Might chill me easily,
And from such expedition would deter.
As fire-fighting man
I don’t think that one can
Go into flames without resistant gear,
Or one might wind up charred
And very badly scarred:
Yes, that new suit is quite essential, here!
So I say blow Thoreau,
I certainly won’t go
Into such enterprises with old rig,
And should you disagree,
To say so, feel quite free –
But, frankly, I just couldn’t give a fig!

(Thanks to side view for setting the theme ‘Enterprises that require new clothes’.)

© October 2012 Colonialist (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Sous Chef says:

    Thanks for visiting Col, it says the file is 176,192 KB…whatever that means. It’s a lower resolution apparently so if you want me to share it with you through Dropbox then let me know by dropping me an email I found it rather uncomfortable watching myself, it was quite an experience but not one I’m keen to repeat.


    • colonialist says:

      Thanks for the clip. I think you were great, but they should have given you a chance to make some of your classic remarks! Why did it end with the dishing up? Now I don’t know the outcome – or the out-go!


  2. Zirkie says:

    I always enjoy your rhymes, Col!! You are so talented!! Have a great week!


  3. melouisef says:

    A Diiving suit? I imagine it must be hard to get in and out of


  4. 68ghia says:

    admittedly, all great ventures needs new clothes 😉
    We could just never put it quite this awfully eloquent!!


  5. The Asian says:

    I had to redo my whole wardrobe at the beginning of the year. I don’t I’d fit in too well in the corporate world with my student clothes 😉

    I love the rhyme, it’s just as awful as usual 😉


  6. Much the same conclusion I came to, Col, but I couldn’t put it quite the way you do!


  7. adinparadise says:

    I thought that your last word on the subject, should have been “leaf.” 🙂
    How on earth do youthink up all these really awful rhymes. You really do put W.S.Gilbert in the shade. 🙂


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