"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Diversities Of Spending

A walk in Fort Cochin

Always offers

The opportunity to spend.



To spend uncounted years of pain

Again, again, and yet again

In working out in heart and brain

The problem of our being here,

To gather facts from far and near

Upon the mind to hold them clear,

And knowing more may yet appear

Until one’s latest breath to fear

The premature result to draw –

Is this the object, end, and law,

And purpose of our being here?

Arthur Hugh Clough


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