Sunday, August 22, 2010


These shriveled sinews and this bending frame,
The workmanship of Time's strong hand proclaim;
Skilled to reverse what e'er the gods create,
And make that crooked which they fashion straight.
Hard choice for man, to die -- or else to be
That tottering, wretched, wrinkled thing you see:
Age then we all prefer; for age we pray,
And travel on to life's last, lingering day;
Then sinking slowly down from worse to worse,
Find heaven's extorted boon our greatest curse.

by: Crates 470 BC



forsythia said...

Hi, Eric, Good to see you again. Thank you for the ancient words of wisdom. I guess. :-) I turned 70 yesterday.

Eric Valentine said...

I rummage around for old poetry sometimes, That was one I liked ~ Quite fitting I thought.:)

Happy Birthday to you have a great day! :)

Stephanie said...

I came by yesterday and read your post. A well written one and was rather speechless after reading it. It is great to see you back and looking forward to reading more of your writings. :-))

Eric Valentine said...

Thank you Stephanie, you are too kind.

I haven't written much for a while but I am trying to get back on track... Nice to see you dropping by.. :)

PipeTobacco said...


Very good to see you again writing, sir. I hope that you are going to be back with greater frequency. I miss your writings.


swenglishexpat said...

Beautiful poem in all its gloom. I hope you are doing well, Eric.

Eric Valentine said...

Thank you Pipe, it's nice of you to comment. I do wish I could get writing more frequently but it has been a tough year and progress in writing is slow. I will do my best soon to get here more often for I too miss the visits to your blog as well.. :)

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Swen my friend, nice to see you dropping by also as always I do appreciate your visits and your comments.. stay well. :)

BBC said...

I damn sure wasn't trying to get to 67 but here I am and I'm still holding up pretty well considering how I've lived. And I damn sure don't want to live another 20 years.

I'm more interested in going out in a bang.

Eric Valentine said...

Thanks for the visit BC. I think you are enjoying life right now, so why not want more.... be grateful my friend that you still have a road to travel.. :))

forsythia said...

Hi, Eric. It's me again. Hope you're OK. BTW, I think you posted something that hinted of the superpower to your south. Then maybe you removed it. But I agreed with you. I know a lot of the clowns running loose around here would call me unpatriotic and suggest that if I didn't love it here and approve of every harebrained scheme we get ourselves into, I should just leave. BAD immigrant!! But to which ancestral homeland should I go--Scotland? Ireland? England? France? Germany? So I will just sit tight and hope for the best in 2012.

Eric Valentine said...

Thanks Forsythia for the visit.

Yes I did do what you said then took it out.. I was referring like you said to north & south plus all others who fit the mold.. :))