Monday, February 23, 2009


sometimes mountains are monuments


sometimes clouds have their arguments;

sometimes clocks lose their minds


sometimes homes close their blinds;

sometimes my brittle teeth bleed


sometimes my old eyes can't read.

But I shall never get tired of thee.


Wine and Water
by G.K.Chesterton

Old Noah he had an ostrich farm and fowls on the largest scale,
He ate his egg with a ladle in a egg-cup big as a pail,
And the soup he took was Elephant Soup and fish he took was Whale,
But they all were small to the cellar he took when he set out to sail,
And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
"I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine."
The cataract of the cliff of heaven fell blinding off the brink
As if it would wash the stars away as suds go down a sink,
The seven heavens came roaring down for the throats of hell to drink,
And Noah he cocked his eye and said, "It looks like rain, I think,
The water has drowned the Matterhorn as deep as a Mendip mine,
But I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine."
But Noah he sinned, and we have sinned; on tipsy feet we trod,
Till a great big black teetotaller was sent to us for a rod,
And you can't get wine at a P.S.A., or chapel, or Eisteddfod,
For the Curse of Water has come again because of the wrath of God,
And water is on the Bishop's board and the Higher Thinker's shrine,
But I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine.


". . .when men have a real explanation they explain it, eagerly and copiously and in common speech…when they have no explanation to offer, they give short dignified replies, disdainful of the ignorance of the multitude."

G.K. Chesterton

What did Chesterton mean by P.S.A. in his poem “Wine and Water”?

I don’t know.

But after going to the 25th web site for P.S.A (out of a Google-total of 34,100,000!) , I ended my search.

If anyone knows what P.S.A means in “Wine and
Water”, let me know.

Here are a few of the P.S.A.’s that I found.

(I don’t think any of them are in Chesterton’s poem.)

Pastel Society of America
Personnel Support Activity
Public Service Announcements
Plano Sports Authority
Professional Software Associates
Peace Studies Association
Pharmaceutical Strategic Alliances
Photographic Society of America
Professional Services Automation
Patient Safety Advisories
Protective Services for Adults
Prostate Specific Antigen
Panther Soccer Academy
Piedmont Soccer Alliance
Poetry Society of America
Philmont Staff Association
Puget Sound Access
Psychological Science Agenda
Pyramid Scheme Alert
Pilot Safety Announcements
Publication Services of America
Peninsula Stroke Association
Pakistan Student Association


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