But first a spawntaneous Wordless Wednesday contribution:
UPS AND DOWNS
The English are most awful clowns
Who do not know their ups from downs;
When up to mischief, or no good,
Low-down behaviour’s what they would
Describe it as, so ‘down’ should be
What they’re to mischief, actually,
And ‘down to no good’ must be used
For language not to be abused.
An arsonist must have a pain
To do with ups and downs, again –
A building that he sets alight
Is burning up, is that not right?
But when razed to the ground – !?* – is done,
It has burnt down, says everyone!
These ups and downs, you must agree,
Defy the law of gravity.
Comeuppance is what one receives
From retribution, one believes?
But retribution’s not a gift
To give one any sort of lift;
In fact you can be sure that it
Will drop you down into the … grit!
So, thus, ‘godownance’ is far more
What one would set down as that score?
A man who’s uppity must need
To be put down with greatest speed,
While, when one alcohol has downed,
One will get higher with each round;
In law, the upshot of a trial
Could have you ‘sent down’ for a while,
And if containers you upset,
The contents will go down, you bet!
Then, if a bill you come to pay,
You ‘settle up’, is what you say;
Once settled up, the debts you owe
Immediately downward go!
But if, instead, you should refuse
To pay, could anyone accuse
That you have ‘settled down’ instead?
No; ‘settle down’ you do in bed!
Though ‘uptight’ tells that one is stressed,
One cannot, ‘Get downloose!’ suggest,
And if downtown you care to go,
Upmarket areas there show;
A good upbringing does not mean
Some bad downtaking could be seen …
With ups and downs like this, one doubts
You’re in to try out ins and outs!
If someone is out to get you,
Then in trouble you may be;
When indecent, you can bet you
While in tears means he upset you,
And is out of sympathy …
Oh, in heaven’s name, forget you
Started out such lunacy!)
*If you can raze things to the ground,
Then, pray do tell me why
It cannot equally be found
You knock down to the sky?