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(2058) Pretty Halcyon Days - Nash

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  • Sam
    Pretty Halcyon Days How pleasant to sit on the beach, On the beach, on the sand, in the sun, With ocean galore within reach, And nothing at all to be done! No
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      Pretty Halcyon Days

      How pleasant to sit on the beach,
      On the beach, on the sand, in the sun,
      With ocean galore within reach,
      And nothing at all to be done!
      No letters to answer,
      No bills to be burned,
      No work to be shirked,
      No cash to be earned.
      It is pleasant to sit on the beach
      With nothing at all to be done.

      How pleasant to look at the ocean,
      Democratic and damp; indiscriminate;
      It fills me with noble emotion
      To think I am able to swim in it.
      To lave in the wave,
      Majestic and chilly,
      Tomorrow I crave;
      But today it is silly.
      It is pleasant to look at the ocean;
      Tomorrow, perhaps, I shall swim in it.

      How pleasant to gaze at the sailors,
      As their sailboats they manfully sail
      With the vigor of vikings and whalers
      In the days of the viking and whale.
      They sport on the brink
      Of the shad and the shark;
      If it's windy they sink;
      If it isn't, they park.
      It is pleasant to gaze at the sailors,
      To gaze without having to sail.

      How pleasant the salt anaesthetic
      Of the air and the sand and the sun;
      Leave the earth to the strong and athletic,
      And the sea to adventure upon.
      But the sun and the sand
      No contractor can copy;
      We lie in the land
      Of the lotus and poppy;
      We vegetate, calm and aesthetic,
      On the beach, on the sand, in the sun.

      - Ogden Nash
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