Hans Ostrom

Gold Star - 4,976 Points (1954 / California)

Proverb Ambulance - Poem by Hans Ostrom

Don't put all of your baskets
on top of one egg, unless the year
is 1929, say, and you're in Vaudeville,
in need of money, playing the Pantages,
and have a basket-act. Look:
before you leap, ask yourself or
someone you trust, 'Do I really
need to leap? ' Haste makes waste,
but not as much of it as cruise-ships,
which sail slowly and stuff people
with food: you do the biology. Unless
someone asks you, 'Incidentally,
was Rome built in 24 hours? ' don't
say, 'Rome wasn't built in a day.'
'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool
me twice, and I advise you to sleep
with one eye closed.' You dig?

Topic(s) of this poem: wisdom


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 5, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, April 6, 2015


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