The Astronomer or the Whore

A cousin once asked me who mattered the more –
Was it the astronomer or was it the whore?
An odd thought came to mind but I let it pass unsaid
His question had been serious, and I had to apply my head.

Having done so, I said,”It depends (as it usually does),
Both deal with the hard facts of life eternal,
But where one finds that in the sun and the stars
The other comes to it from the story of her own mess.

“But in time eternal, who will the world remember?”
To that, said I, “It matters little, on him or her,
Both will be long dead and all that shall remain
Is some contemporary bard’s lament or refrain.

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Posted on September 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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