I,ve been looking for this poem for a long time..perhaps this was the start
Salve a blister
Burn a letter
Never wash a cashmere sweater
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/24/2007 04:18PM by noel french.
I wonder whether you are still looking for it
anyway here it is
A GARLAND OF PRECEPTS
by Phyllis McGinley
Though a seeker since my birth,
Here is all I’ve learned on earth,
This is the gist of what I know:
Give advice and buy a foe.
Random truths are all I find
Stuck like burs about my mind.
Salve a blister. Burn a letter.
Do not wash a cashmere sweater.
Tell a tale but seldom twice.
Give a stone before advice.
Pressed for rules and verities,
All I recollect are these:
Feed a cold to starve a fever.
Argue with no true believer.
Think-too-long is never-act.
Scratch a myth to find a fact.
Stich in time saves twenty stitches.
Give the rich, to please them, riches.
Give to love your hearth and hall.
But do not give advice at all.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/06/2008 11:03PM by ilza-maria.
ilza-maria..Thank you so much for the"lost poem". fragments of it have been in my mind it seems like forever.
it is always nice to read her poems
Gosh - you've been busy, Ilza !- or are all these posts you've made before and vanished before anyone could read them. Thanks so much for your hard work/persistence
I took a sabatic year, but now I am trying to catch up ...
I have been looking into old posts
always a pleasure to find those lost poems