Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 09/05/2016

Photo taken on September  5, 2016

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Some Excuses for a Smile

Some Excuses for a Smile
Lives of great men all remind us,
Life is really not worthwhile,
Unless we all can leave behind us,
Some excuses for a smile.

These women don't look too amused, but someone with a sense of humor must have added the poem to this real photo postcard.

These four lines of rhyme appeared in 1905 in The Silly Syclopedia, a book by "Noah Lott" (an entertaining pseudonym for the writer George V. Hobart). The poem turns out to be a parody of the following stanza from "A Psalm of Life," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Canafornian, Indycaver (Norm), RicksPics, Deborah Lundbech have particularly liked this photo

Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
haha. What a perfect accompaniment to the photo! I love it.
15 months ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Deborah Lundbech
Thanks, Deborah!
15 months ago.
:) Alan, you are clearly certified to have lived a "worth while" life.
15 months ago.
Alan Mays has replied to RicksPics
Thanks, Rick! Smiles rather than footprints have always seemed more worth my while! 8-)
15 months ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Wonderful find and photo!
15 months ago.