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June 21, 2005

hello, summer (please keep your cool)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:15 pm

Well, we didn’t make it to Stonehenge’s summer solstice festival, and

weren’t even up for the sunrise today.  But, the f/k/a gang always knows

how to celebrate the seasons: with an extra helping of haiku, of course.


In addition to today’s featured poet, Canadian haijin DeVar Dahl, we’ve

invited Rebecca Lilly, Yu Chang and Kobayashi Issa to our solstice party,

with dagosan providing the snacks.



sultry day

a swallow runs its beak

across the pond





hawk flight



long summer day

a hawk holds its place

between the clouds






this heat
words written in the dust
on the shed window


“long summer day” – New Resonance 3: Emerging VoicesPresence 15 

“sultry day” – A Piece of Egg Shell (Magpie Haiku Press, 2004); WHC WorldHaikuRev. I:3

this heat” – WHC Shiki Haiku Poems Contest



the sky colors
of dawn have changed
to summer clothes







stitching together
the short summer nights…
singing frogs



ISSA, translated by David G. Lanoue 










A clear hot day

the silence

behind the butterfly








Afternoon warmth–

a soft breeze curling

falled peony petals




(Birch Prees Press, 2002)





deeper in the petunia

summer heat









stepping out

with my holey socks

summer stars



 Yu Chang, from  A New Resonance (1999)

“bumblebee” – Acorn I



  • by dagosan                                              

summer solstice:

there’s no

shady side of the street



trying to write

one new haiku —

a giant wasp circles my head


  June 21, 2005]                                                                 waspN



did Churchill coin that over-30 maxim?

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:15 pm

Conservatives love to cite Winston Churchill for the saying [via Prof. Bainbridge]:

quoteMarksLS Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and
any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brainsquoteMarksRS
It seems fairly clear, however, that the attribution is as erroneous as the sentiment. Churchill may have said something similar to the above quote, but he was borrowing or paraphrasing from other politicians and pundits when he did.

ChurchillMug At his Unquote webpage, Mark T. Shirey tracks down sayings that seem to be orphans — or, to have too many fathers.  In Unquote #1, he looks at the “Over/Under 30” quotation, that Shirey himself had attributed to Churchill for many years.   His first attempts proved fruitless:
I failed to find the quote under “socialist”, “conservative”, “heart”, “man”, or “Churchill”, in books of quotations like Bartlett’s, Encarta’s, Oxford Dictionary of, Home Book of, or NY Public Library’s.

The saying was attributed to Churchill in the online QuoteDB, but with no source cited.   Shirey kept looking until he claims that a “A definitive answer arose in the wonderful book “Nice Guys Finish Seventh: False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations” by Ralph Keyes, 1992.”
Keyes writes: “An orphan quote [unattributed quote in search of a home] sometimes attributed to Georges Clemenceau is: “Any man who is not a socialist at age 20 has no heart. Any man who is still a socialist at age 40 has no head.

The most likely reason is that Bennet Cerf once reported Clemenceau’s response to a visitor’s alarm about his son being a communist:
If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him. If he is still a Communist at 30, I will do it then.
George Seldes later quoted Lloyd George as having said:
A young man who isn’t a socialist hasn’t got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn’t got a head.
The earliest known version of this observation is attributed to mid-nineteenth century historian and statesman Fran篩s Guizot:
Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.

Shirey has found links to several other versions of this maxim.  Between his list and Keyes’, you’ll find variations on the theme attributed to Disraeli, Shaw, Otto Von Bismarck, Woodrow Wilson, Wendell L. Willkie, Bertrand Russell, and even former CIA Director, William Casey.   To be honest , I can’t imagine anyone wanting to be the father of the “Churchill” quote, or any of its mutations.
update (June 22, 2005):  See political maturation after age 30 for Your Editor’s 21st Century version of the old saw — arguing that, after 50, those with functioning heart, brain, and eyes become more liberal (“thoughtful liberals”).

a chestnut hit
an old man…
so the legend says
leisure class–
“Mosquitoes have come!”
they say
ISSA, translated by David G. Lanoue

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