Sunday, August 30, 2009

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT ~ Sounds like Virgo !

Ogden Nash is a favourite writer of mine - his poetry and comments on life never fail to bring a smile and a nod. Reading this piece the other day, it struck me that all unknowingly he had written a description of the person with a hefty dose of Virgo in their natal chart.

(Blogger refuses to adhere to the line breaks I (and Mr. Nash) inserted, so please excuse any odd-looking breaks.)

A Stitch Too Late Is My Fate

There are some people of whom I would certainly like to be one,
Who are the people who get things done.
They balance their checkbooks every month and their figures
always agree with the bank's,
And they are prompt in writing letters of condolence or thanks.
They never leave anything to chance,
But always make reservations in advance.
When they get out of bed they never neglect to don slippers
so they never pick up athlete's foot or a cold or a splinter,
And they hang their clothes up on hangers every night and
put their winter clothes away every summer
and their summer clothes away every winter.
Before spending any money they insist on getting
an estimate or a sample,
And if they lose anything from a shoelace to a diamond ring
it is covered by insurance more than ample.
They have budgets and what is more they live inside of them,
Even though it means eating things made by recipes
clipped from the Sunday paper that you'd think they would have died from them.
They serve on committees
And improve their cities
They are modern knight errants
Who remember their godchildren's birthdays and the anniversaries
of their godchildren's parents,
And in cold weather they remember the birds and supply them with
sunflower seed and suet,
And whatever they decide to do, whether it's to save
twentyfive percent of their salary or learn Italian or write a musical comedy or touch their toes a hundred times every morning before breakfast,
why they go ahead and do it.
People who get things done lead contented lives, or at least I guess so,
And I certainly wish that either I were more like them or they were less so.


anyjazz said...

Funny stuff. Good post.

Twilight said...

Anyjazz ~~~~ Ta!

Wisewebwoman said...

Oh I'd forgotten about him, T!
Great reminder, funny man. Softer than Larkin.

anthonynorth said...

Really enjoyed that. Good fun.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ Oh yes - they're like chalk and cheese. I'd bet that Ogden Nash was a sweetie, Philip Larkin - not so much!

Twilight said...

AnthonyNorth~~~ Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

R J Adams said...

I didn't realize Mister Nash had ever met me.


Twilight said...

RJ ~~~ :-D