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To Stem the Torrent... (14 of 15) | by RichTatum
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To Stem the Torrent... (14 of 15)

Detail of a floral arrangement for my wife from her daddy the day before Julianna Grace was born.


As it sat on the table under a bright overhead light I ket admiring the colors and highlights until, suddenly, I realized I had a great subject to explore


Where is the man who has the power and skill

To stem the torrent of a woman’s will?

For if she will, she will, you may depend on ’t;

And if she won’t, she won’t; so there ’s an end on ’t.


— From the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury (The Examiner, May 31, 1829)


Allusion to:


First, then, a woman will or won’t, depend on ’t;

If she will do ’t, she will; and there ’s an end on ’t.

But if she won’t, since safe and sound your trust is,

Fear is affront, and jealousy injustice.


— Aaron Hill (Zara. Epilogue)


Be sure to check out the others in this series. Links in the comments below...



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Taken on October 16, 2008