Four Sad Words

8 March 2020 – People love messing with the pedestrian crossing signals around here – that little blank face on the mannequin invites all kinds of artistic alternation.

I’d never before seen anybody add text.

A life story, in four words.

And, while I admire the economy and quality of language …

how very sad, the story it tells!


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  1. Blane Hogue

     /  8 March 2020

    We have to hope the “was stalwart now craven” sign was someone being witty and not real.

    • great vocabulary anyway! but if only s/he had reversed the designations — how cheering it would be, to imagine moving from craven to stalwart

  2. I must confess, much to my dismay, that I did not understand… Ooops. 😉

    • Understand… why I found it sad? I was reacting to the idea that this anonymous commentator had apparently defined a life as once stalwart, but now craven. Surely a sad change! Then again, the person might have just been playing with language…

      • No, understand the last word. Stalwart is clear though not common. I had to look the last one. 🙂 Even less common. Almost literary.
        So, yes, it is sad. Maybe s/he had a particular person in mind? We’ll never know.

  3. There’s lots of sadness around…and at least, if the message reflects reality for someone, they expressed it. maybe that made them feel better, in a small way. And I would certainly take heart in the vocabulary, wow. I doubt you would see words like those in graffiti in very many places.


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