The North Wall
If some of you have got a wall that won’t grow anything at all:A wall that faces north by east& is in fact a perfect beast.If nothing you can ever do will make it grow a thing for you—Don’t let it get upon your nerves;Just treat that wall as it deserves.
Ignore that wall that dreadful wall that won’t grow anything at all.Adopt a casual, offhand air, as one should say :“It isn’t there.”Pass slowly by the wall each day, turning your head the other way;Walk by it with averted head as if it were diseased or dead.
And, very soon that dreadful wall that won’t grow anything at all will be as soft & mild & sweet as any wall that you could meet.A Passion Flower will start to climb;Peaches will bloom before their time & bougainvillea ,planted there will blossom in the open air.
Walls are like women after all.Treat woman as you would a wall.Walk by her with averted head as if she were diseased or dead;And soon she’ll be as mild & sweet as any girl that you could meet.
- 26 Jan, 2013
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