The Writing on the Wall

So, you went to a place you don’t belong,

knew, of course, that it was wrong,

spied troubled waters,  jumped right in

with fatuous thoughts that you could win

Wild force unseen, current strong,

roared out to sea, swept you along,

dragged and drowned you in your whim,

Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

17 thoughts on “The Writing on the Wall

  1. The Oxford English Dictionary entry on writing has literary references to this phrase in English, including the following verse from the poem “The Run Upon The Bankers” by Jonathan Swift:

    A baited banker thus desponds,
    From his own hand foresees his fall,
    They have his soul, who have his bonds;
    ‘Tis like the writing on the wall.

  2. Excellent, Bb. Thanks for the link; saved me googling it. I love the poem, the descriptions of jumping in and being dragged along fit so well the emotions I felt the first time I went to a casino!

  3. Bluebee, another stunning poem satisfying on many levels. Jumping into troubled waters, wild force overcoming limited capacity – I just love this.

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