Category Archives: Aphorisms

Story of the Bad Poets

Bad poets sang their praises to the lion, who in their view was a nobler creature than any of the wild donkeys which he chased down and made a meal of every day. Their songs of praise came to an end one day, when they had found themselves among the donkeys.

Tinker, Tailor, Boxer, Water-Carrier

“Just as breath emerges with a brighter voice from the narrow bore of a trumpet, the thought that carves its way through the rigours and the rhythms of poetry must come to surface with a livelier force and light.” Words to that effect were said by Cleanthes, who some 23 centuries ago was a boxer, philosopher, and water-carrier.