Sunday, October 28, 2012




Remember Busby Berkeley? No of course you don't!
He was famous much too long ago.
He lived in an era even earlier than mine
And he could really put on a quite a show.
He used human bodies filmed from up above
At a time when film was in it's infancy.
Tricks were quite surprising, no one was blasé:
Everyone gasped at things that they could see.
If they saw massed bodies they knew that they were there
It wasn't case of multiplying one.
A hundred dancers dancing was exactly what it seemed.......
A hundred dancers dancing. What great fun!
So what does Busby have to do with the flowers up above?
Look closely at the petals there displayed.
See the faces? See the bodies and how cleverly they pose.
Marvel at how cleverly they're made.

From the 1930s

(After Patience Strong)

The tides of life must ebb and flow;
In they come, then out they go.
One day we are full of cheer; 
The next day we feel more austere.
Happiness may sometimes surge;
Sometimes sadness sings a dirge.
But as the rhythm of the sea
Repeats with regularity,
So do our moods swing back and forth,
Sometimes South and sometimes North.
The secret is to stand aside
And view the ever-changing tide
As something passing, either way;
Good or bad will never stay.
When in luck don't stand and crow
On the highest hill for all to know.
When down don't wallow in despair
Moaning that life just isn't fair.
Remember that our lives are strange,
Always influenced by change.
Today you may feel pain and sorrow,
But you will jump for joy tomorrow.
If you are ebbing, at least you know
Tomorrow you'll leap into the flow.


Margaret Gosden said...

Pink Saturday - I am so glad you enabled enlargement of this image! Quite a surprise!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Congratulations! You won Limerick of the Week in last week's Limerick-Off. Great job! Limerick of the Week 85.