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A poem to share (Read 784 times)


Black-Toe-Nailed

    It's not mine, of course, but was written by Robert Browning.

    I stumbled on it by chance while on Wikipedia.

     

    The name is Pheidippides and legend says he was the guy who invented the marathon

     

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Pheidippides

     

    Enjoy Smile

     

    NOTE: The version of the legend/story on which Robert Browning based this poem is the one told by Herodotus, where Pheidippides was said to have run 2x 150mi from Sparta to Athens and back to warn the Athenians and ask them for help, hence the reference to "two days and two nights".

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    "If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years,
    then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter.
    I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to."

    Emil Zatopek


    day after day sameness

      Well actually....I'm old enough to tell you the real story, as I was there that fateful day.

       

      While it is well known and oft reported that Pheidippides used his last breath to exclaim "Victory Belongs to Rome (someone)!", as the crowd was cheering in jubilation of learning of our victory on the plains of Marathon...I leaned in to offer some water to our fallen brother, I clearly heard him mutter "..the course was long, my Garmin says 26.5.." as his last words.

      Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


      Maggie & Molly

        Big grin

         "It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop."
        Wisdom of Confucius

        HF 4363


        just a simple cat

          Why would a Greek exclaim that?

           

          The Garmin data sounds authentic though.........

           

          I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house


          Black-Toe-Nailed

            Ah, now I understand the "Imperial Units" option in my Garmin 210... they refer to the Roman Empire!!!

            That's what happens when you buy second hand stuff :P

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            "If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years,
            then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter.
            I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to."

            Emil Zatopek


            day after day sameness

              Geez...everyone's a history critic...

              Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


              just a simple cat

                Big grin  How about them Persians?

                 

                I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house


                day after day sameness

                  Big grin  How about them Persians?

                   

                  The Kardashian's just bug me.  Beyond that...shrug.

                  Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


                  just a simple cat

                    You can dis cats, its okay    Wink

                     

                    Aren't they Armenian?

                     

                    I  guess as you get more bodacious, you begin to lose more brain cells, because there is a limit to how much magnificence your body can house

                    jimmyb


                      Thanks for posting. There's a poem for everything. Cool

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