Jun 19, 2013

Mag 173

Tess uses this delightful fantasy by Marc Chagall to float our boats this week.




















The Promenade, 1918, by Marc Chagall 

The lassie declared to her mate
"I think it's time I lost some weight."
They didn't see that
she really meant "fat."
Now she can't get around
with both feet on the ground
'cos she's lighter than air
and it's really not fair -
Her husband's been told
he must keep a tight hold
or she could drift far off into space. (*)


(*) I can't claim originality.  The idea that "losing weight" isn't what the overweight really need to do was used by H.G.Wells in 1903 in  a short story "The Truth About Pyecraft."





16 comments:

  1. I've been lead to believe that, as the head is the heaviest part of a human in relation to its size, many fat headed bigheads could do with decapitation before they could become lighter than air...
    Chagall's people, by comparison, appear to have pin-heads, so decapitating them would make little difference...

    P.S. Would you like a rhyming dictionary for next Xmas, Doc, as you seem to have problems in that (*) department?! Hehehe!

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    1. Ah . . you have somewhat swerved around the point, Jinksy! "Space" is "weight"less and so it seemed to me that a true rhyme was not essential.

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  2. An enjoyably innovative take on the prompt...

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  3. A lovely chuckle this morning ... got me off the ground, so to speak. Oh, and I just read your 'about me'. I'm not addicted to any of those things either, but I'm going to be the last person alive who starts email sentences with a Capital letter! Actually, maybe the last person alive who writes full sentences in email, too.

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  4. No, I write full sentences and start with capitals too!

    A fun poem - I like the fun ones. I understand them!

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    1. I know all too well what you mean. Some of the obscurists would help themselves by using punctuation correctly - or even ocassionally.

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  5. The faster you read this out loud ... the better it gets! Great little poem!

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    1. Thank you, Helen. I don't quite see how you can read it fast . . . I write very slowly . . .

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  6. I agree with Bee - fun poems are the best.

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  7. Very silly - and I thought she was just full of hot air. :o)

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  8. Quirky and quick but delightful with it!

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  9. A fun poem to start my day! At least she probably does feel lighter!

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  10. Thanks for a chuckle this morning.
    I needed one!

    =)

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  11. I was thinking more along the lines of 2001 - A space odyssey !

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