Tiger

“Tiger, tiger,” Bernie says, shaking his head. Everybody’s talking about tigers these days, not sure why. I know tigers from Animal Planet, of course. And let me tell you – tigers are trouble, end of story. Maybe you think no problem, they live far away, but no – Bernie says there are thousands right here in the USA, owned privately. Like by people in fenced-in backyards. In some states you don’t even need a permit. Is this a good idea? No, which must be why Bernie’s shaking his head and saying, “Tiger, tiger.” But whoa. Then he goes on: “burning bright, In the forests of the night. What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

He looks up. “Symmetry must have rhymed with eye in those days.” What days is he talking about? In fact, what the heck is going on? I realize that Bernie looks a little tired, maybe hasn’t slept well, possibly worrying about our finances, always a mess. “Yup,” he says, gaze now on me, “did he who made the lamb make thee? That’s the question, all right.”

Now lambs are in the picture? Bernie needs a nap, and soon.


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10 Responses to “Tiger”

  1. C. Harris
    5:52 am on December 3rd, 2009

    Ahhh Chet and Bernie….you are each wise in your own way….and deep.

  2. Chet Berne
    9:30 am on December 3rd, 2009

    TIGER, tiger, burning bright

    In the forests of the night,

    What immortal hand or eye

    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies

    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

    On what wings dare he aspire?

    What the hand dare seize the fire?

    And what shoulder and what art

    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

    And when thy heart began to beat,

    What dread hand and what dread feet?

    What the hammer? what the chain?

    In what furnace was thy brain?

    What the anvil? What dread grasp

    Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

    When the stars threw down their spears,

    And water'd heaven with their tears,

    Did He smile His work to see?

    Did He who made the lamb make thee?

    Tiger, tiger, burning bright

    In the forests of the night,

    What immortal hand or eye

    Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

  3. Chet The Dog
    9:32 am on December 3rd, 2009

    Admin remembers the following from Mad Magazine:

    Tigers tigers burning bright

    In the ball parks of the night

    Your pitching's fair, your fielding adroit

    So why no pennants for Detroit?

  4. Jenifer
    10:15 am on December 3rd, 2009

    RIP, the Tyger's reputation. All IS lost. Very, very sad.

    “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." – Benjamin Franklin

  5. B. Stover
    1:00 pm on December 3rd, 2009

    I'm wondering why Bernie is reciting Blake.

  6. Jenifer
    1:09 pm on December 3rd, 2009

    B., I think it was the twisted sinews part. Safe to say we are all heartstruck about the fallen hero.

  7. B. Stover
    3:56 am on December 4th, 2009

    It's actually none of our business.

  8. ivy
    10:30 am on December 6th, 2009

    I agree with B. Stover…it is none of our business. Sadly, the 'media' is in it for $$ and even though it is none of their business, they are always wondering what our business is.

    …ivy

  9. Dave Guthrie
    10:08 pm on December 7th, 2010

    Tiger, Tiger, fighting bright
    in the ballparks of the night.
    Your hitting’s fair, your field adroit,
    so why no pennant for Detroit.

    You start off brave with each new year,
    with stalwart hearts you know no fear,
    But while on top and sitting pretty
    you blow 4 games at Kansas City,

    The Cleveland Indians come to town
    they beat you good, so does New York
    When Boston adds a mortal blow
    all you can cry is ‘lookout below’.

    And when the season’s finally done
    you’ve been outplayed by Washington
    amid the heated pennant race
    you fight to cling to 7th place,

    Tigers, Tigers, fighting bright
    in the ballparks of the night,
    some day the fans will get their fill
    and ship the team to Louisville.

    That’s all I remember from 1967 I believe.

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