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Next Blog, Planting Rue and Thomas Hardy

Posted Aug 24 2012 10:00am

Common rue


Do ya'll ever click on the Next Blog tab at the top of your page on Blogger? I just started doing it, and you know what? Every single time I do, the "next blog" is a hard-core Catholic one or evangelical Christian one. Names like Jesus Fever, Got Bible?, Stampin Sisters in Christ, Christian Apparel -- I'm not talking run of the mill fervor, either, but some scary stuff. Guns and God. Is it retribution? Is it a message for me? Is it a warning?

Am I digging my grave?

 Am I planting rue?

Will I rue?

Answer me, Sue.


"Ah, are you digging on my grave,            My loved one? — planting rue?"— "No: yesterday he went to wedOne of the brightest wealth has bred.'It cannot hurt her now,' he said,            'That I should not be true.'" "Then who is digging on my grave,            My nearest dearest kin?"— "Ah, no: they sit and think, 'What use!What good will planting flowers produce?No tendance of her mound can loose            Her spirit from Death's gin.'" "But someone digs upon my grave?            My enemy? — prodding sly?"— "Nay: when she heard you had passed the GateThat shuts on all flesh soon or late,She thought you no more worth her hate,            And cares not where you lie. "Then, who is digging on my grave?            Say — since I have not guessed!"— "O it is I, my mistress dear,Your little dog , who still lives near,And much I hope my movements here            Have not disturbed your rest?" "Ah yes! You dig upon my grave…            Why flashed it not to meThat one true heart was left behind!What feeling do we ever findTo equal among human kind            A dog's fidelity!" "Mistress, I dug upon your grave            To bury a bone, in caseI should be hungry near this spotWhen passing on my daily trot.I am sorry, but I quite forgot            It was your resting place."

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

If you're on Blogger, tell me what happens when you click "Next Blog."
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