Wednesday, September 12, 2018 –Florence and I Can Name That Poem in Nine Words

Water, water, everywhere,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

If you said Rime of the Ancient Mariner, you are correct. You win an all-expense paid trip to Puerto Rico. Now for the trip to the Kentucky coast following Hurricane Florence, name the author.

As we have been informed Hurricane Florence is “big and wet.” I am certainly not a meteorologist, but I do not think I have ever heard of a “dry hurricane.” I have heard of “dry heaves” from a hurricane.

I Googled (I hate it when a noun turns into a verb) “water gods and goddesses” to find there are hundreds from different cultures. I was hoping to find something the residents and soon to be former residents of Florence’s targeted areas could lash out in anger.

The closest I found was the ancient Greeks who would tell you that the God on which to pin the stormy weather would be Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon lost a battle of wits against Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Skill. It seems that Poseidon and Athena were asked to present gifts to the citizens of Athens. Poseidon gave the Athenians rivers of salty water and maybe rolls of paper towels. Athena gave them an olive tree symbolizing peace that brought them wood, oil and food.

I am sure there is an important parallel in there somewhere. Nevertheless the East Coast is readying for a true Poseidon adventure. This one is bringing sharks! If only there were wisdom and skill.

Ask the Texas Gulf Coast from last year, these are big-ass and bad-ass storms. Stay safe.

The author of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner is Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43997/the-rime-of-the-ancient-mariner-text-of-1834

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