|Wise warning for your credit's sake! Which I for one failed not to take
||[Jan. 9th, 2001|11:44 am]
A fire alarm just went off at work. We spent about 15 minutes outside. The alarm is the loudest friggin' thing I've ever heard in my life. Suddenly I feel like I'm in 4th grade again. Shame the building didn't burn down. That at least would have been interesting.|
we had one of those a few weeks ago when it was 17 degrees outside. it actually turned out there was a tiny fire in one of the elevators, so i guess it was a good thing the alarm worked.
Wow, I'm so jealous! All we ever get are false alarms.
Is the subject from some spam mail?
No, no. Funny, though. It's from Thomas Hardy's "He Never Expected Much", a poem he wrote when he was 87 and only a year or so from death. Also, one of my favorites:
Well, World, you have kept faith with me,
Kept faith with me;
Upon the whole you have proved to be
Much as you said you were.
Since as a child I used to lie
Upon the leaze and watch the sky,
Never, I own, expected I
That life would all be fair.
'Twas then you said, and since have said,
Times since have said,
In that mysterious voice you shed
From clouds and hills around:
"Many have loved me desperately,
Many with smooth serenity,
While some have shown contempt of me
Till they dropped underground.
"I do not promise overmuch,
Just neutral-tinted haps and such,"
You said to minds like mine.
Wise warning for your credit's sake!
Which I for one failed not to take,
And hence could stem such strain and ache
As each year might assign.