Saturday, March 15, 2008

As Easy As 1-2-3

Ros has tagged me for the latest craze. What might that be? Well, here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Of course, me being me, the closest book is a book of poetry, John Betjeman's Collected Poems. Page 123 has exactly three sentences, so I am going to bend the rules and post the poem in its entirety.

South London Sketch, 1844

Lavender Sweep is drowned in Wandsworth,
Drowned in jessamine up to the neck,
Beetles sway upon the bending grass leagues
Shoulder-level to Tooting Bec.
Rich as Middlesex, rich in signboards,
Lie the lover-trod lanes between,
Red Man, Green Man, Horse and Waggoner,
Elms and sycamores round a green.
Burst, good June, with a rush this morning,
Bindweed weave me an emerald rope
Sun, shine bright on the blossoming trellises,
June and lavender, bring me hope.

And I tag you: Vidal Tripsa, Valle Giulia, Creamy Cooljoke, Chartreuse Muni, and CronoCloud Creeggan.


Vidal Tripsa said...

Unfortunately I'd already done it, but as you ask so nicely...!

From the classic and critically-acclaimed novella... Versus Books' guide to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. You did pick a day when I'm sorting my Shelfari lists out....

He has two forms of attack: he can smite you with his staff or cast n energy bolt identical to those used by the guardians. Fortunately, he's not very fast, and you should be an expert at dodging those energy bolts by now. Nevertheless, if you ever need to recover, put some distance between the two of you and make sure he hasn't begun casting a spell.

Handy advice, I'm sure, and worthy of Betjeman no doubt.

Valle Giulia said...