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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Photograph credit: Rain on lady's mantle
courtesy of sxc.hu and michaelaw.
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Robert Frost was a clever fellow and wonderful word twister, but at the moment it seems more likely that the world will "melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew." It is our first school Water a.k.a. Rain Day, and the list of closings is very long--businesses and schools shut near and far. Lee and Irene have gone on my list for potential baddies in fiction.