Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:21 AM.

I was in an unpopular position.

After a couple of hours, the fellow who sits next door strolled in with doughnuts and we drank a cup of coffee.

We don’t do cold real well in the South, but in my case I do “stupid” pretty good with leaving the window unlatched.

This English poet named John Pomfret noted back in 1702 in his work about “Reason” that “We live and learn, but not wiser grow.”

After learning how this fellow died, I didn’t feel so bad about being stupid and leaving the window open.

You see John wrote about the ideal life being that of a bachelor, who spent his days reading and drinking with friends and his nights with a wild woman.  I don’t know any other way to put it.

John got sick and went to London for medical help, but a bishop there heard about his writing about “keeping a mistress,” etc. and decided to make John wait awhile to see the doctor.  While waiting, John caught the smallpox and died.



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