Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin – his control
Stops with the shore.

Lord Byron


15 Comments CherryPie on Nov 15th 2015

15 Responses to “Cherie’s Place – Thought for the Week”

  1. Nice one George (and Cherie).

  2. lisl says:

    Sadly, man’s ruin doesn’t stop with the shore any more, Cherie

  3. Ginnie says:

    Lisl is right…and the whole thing breaks my heart, Cherry. Surely there is hope for the human race???? And therefore Mother Earth????

  4. Astrid says:

    I do hope the world/earth is not too far down already… there is almost no turning back. Very sad of course.
    Wonderful picture though.

  5. Chrysalis says:

    I’m interpreting this quote a little differently than others, I guess – though not an Alabama fan, for some reason, the quote reminds me of the cheer given by fans of the The Alabama Crimson Tide (powerhouse American college football team) – “Roll Tide!”

    People find it funny that such a legendary powerhouse of a football team is named after something so “passive” and “peaceful” like an ocean tide, rather than a more formidable type of animal or human, but if you think about it, it makes sense – not only are the tides actually very powerful, unlike humans or animals, ocean tides are also unstoppable – so “roll tide” is then is encouragement cheer for the team to just keep rolling like the unstoppable tide, despite men on their backs and adversity :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I think that is a fitting name for a football team, I like it :-)

      No one so far has seen the quote in the way I though of it :-)

      • Chrysalis says:

        Let’s put down that my “official” interpretation was actually that humans and animals are actually powerless against the ocean tide, we only give ourselves the illusion of control of it. (The above just incorporating other commenters’ contributions regarding recent events that perhaps humans could behave more like the tides by rolling on, and not letting adversity stop us). In other words, my interpretation is similar to your reply to Astrid, I guess.

        However, since you stated no one thus far has interpreted the way you have, I’ve no clue. Care to share the full interpretation or are you having too much fun with us by being enigmatic today? ;)

        PS – I’d comment on your trip to London, but I’ve said far too much already as I usually do. So I’ll just say it was probably not good time for a crazy ride ending in a “bang,” as you said, but I’m glad everyone returned home safely :)

        • CherryPie says:

          I didn’t intend to be enigmatic… Perhaps it is the quote that is enigmatic…

          Or perhaps I saw something in the quote that wasn’t intended by Byron ;-)

          • Chrysalis says:

            Lol, I know you weren’t, I just meant I wasn’t clear on which reply was your own personal interpretation of the quote itself. The enigma is then why my Monday brain fuzzies have continued all day today :)

  6. James Higham says:

    Unless he’s on a boat of course.