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Quick! Leap into the Torrent!

A rose by any name might smell as sweet, but pick the right one to sidestep defeat.

A simple name to avoid the thorn…


Does that beckon, and glow?

Phrase, jump the pond. Be clever.  Be quick.

Abbreviate.  Modernize.  Show a bit of wit.

Hedgerow of olde with both brambles and blossoms

Just doesn’t sit well with Armadillos and possums.

Still I sit here  in this garden surround,

Playing with words until I like the sound.


Direct.  Clean. And here.

A verb. A noun. With meaning unclear.

But that is as life, especially this year.

So reader thus starts a journey to somewhere,

Leap into the torrent –

Enjoy as we get there.

(First post: Feb. 22, 2011)

humbly yours,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


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  1. kathryningrid / Nov 20 2011 12:59 am

    Phil, I like your attitude–*and* your breezy versifying! I think I’ll find many things to pique my interest here, not least of all that I have a sneaking hunch we’re located somewhat proximally and I’m likely to find interesting info regarding this my relatively new home state of TX. Either way, glad I found you.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 20 2011 1:15 am

      Welcome – to the blog and Texas. Hope you discover interesting things – in both places! Thanks for pausing to say hello. Hasta later


  2. Caddo Veil / Nov 26 2011 4:40 pm

    I do like this, yes!!

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  3. Marty Hermes / Jan 7 2012 5:45 pm

    I am proud to be a follower of your perspective and wit….looking forward to reading all of your posts!


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  4. Marty Hermes / Jan 9 2012 1:40 pm

    Your satire and wit is outstanding…gets the points across and allows us to come to our own conclusions. Can’t compete with the quality of your writing. Kudos!


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  5. maddie22201 / Jan 31 2012 3:31 am

    Beautiful. I like your thought process…it has actually goaded me to post something I have been sitting on (I do that a lot).

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  6. sediment_and_such / Feb 1 2012 9:33 pm

    There are definitely neurons firing within Phil’s head. Thank you for thinking, then sharing. It’s the appropriate thing to do:)

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  7. Jeannie / Feb 4 2012 9:05 pm

    Can’t remember what I did yesterday so in case I haven’t mentioned it before, I really like this new theme you’re using. Perfect!

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  8. RiverFeet / Feb 9 2012 9:27 pm

    Abbreviate? Yes,,, now I understand.

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  9. "NowWhat?" / Mar 1 2012 3:51 pm

    What an interesting blog. You’re Always thinking! How do you slow down your thoughts? You seem to like playing with words and the sounds of the words intrigue you. When did you realize you had a talent with playing with words? You start off with fast, moving words to “just take the leap,” and begin. That’s usually the hardest part. “NOW WHAT?” is thinking, that’s why you started with fast moving words, possibly because they would not think, and just do.

    Then you speak about “taking the time” to pick the right rose, so you don’t make any fast, wrong choices, by being defeated. In other words ; “Slow down and smell the roses.”

    You gave two opposite thoughts with two different perspectives. For someone who see’s direct, clean and here, you simply took a lot of words to make it simple.
    The picture from the photograph of water as a rushing torrent, and your words, gave me a very clear picture to believe, and have faith while you jump in and begin your journey of life.
    Thank you,
    “NOW WHAT?”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2012 4:21 pm

      Interesting comments.Some of us live at warp speed – rapid processors. What do they say? The trick is to make it all look so easy and simple. Encourage you to take a tour. It’ll keep you guessing! Thanks for taking the plunge.


  10. harperpost / Mar 1 2012 6:33 pm

    Awesome blog post! Very creative and I sure do like it! I can tell I am in the hands of the master! I look forward to the ride! Thanks!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 1 2012 6:43 pm

      So glad you stopped by. Your blog theme is so crisp (just waiting you to color it with your thoughts – good plan!) Write on.


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  12. Worthy Books and Things / Nov 29 2012 9:37 pm

    Hi Phil,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on my (CS Lewis) post. How generous of you to point me in the happy direction of even more delightful reading. After a visit to both the recommended blog and then your own, I am pleased to say I now have two dead birds at my feat (intentional misrepresentational spelling) and no stone to throw. Which is kind of sad, since I really do like birds… 😉


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 29 2012 10:08 pm

      Don’t worry, birds are really good at playing possum. (They like to rock on in peace). Glad you skipped over to Mere Inklings: great blog/smart guy. Thanks for rolling over here to chat


  13. worldofmymae / Apr 18 2014 8:40 am

    there’s always that frightful feeling in every beginnings, and yeah it’s actually wonderful feeling when we actually go with it.

    Beautiful poem.

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  14. vivachange77 / Jun 17 2014 3:58 pm

    Simply delightful, insightful, shedding-lightful. I want to read more.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 17 2014 5:12 pm

      Charming quips. So glad you stopped in to join the wandering minds…I mean, mob. Things here aren’t always what they seem. And always bring a sense of humor. Appreciate the encouraging words. Thanks


  15. Mrs. Isinvar / Jul 25 2014 9:49 am

    Delightful. I read it three times in succession just because I liked the sound of it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2014 2:32 pm

      Glad you hear it! The sound of language is so often ignored – it does have an effect, sometimes not realized. Thanks for floating along


  16. Dreamer of Dreams / Oct 14 2014 11:50 pm

    Hi Phil,

    I enjoyed your poem, and your obvious love of words and imagese. My favorite lines:


    Direct. Clean. And here.

    A verb. A noun. With meaning unclear.”


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  17. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 24 2018 5:27 am

    I’ve just read of journeys end for The German, and regret I missed the post, to convey my sadness I’m letting the tears flow freely

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2018 9:57 am

      A gentle end for a magnificent dog. I know you know. Thanks so much (and hug the little one you’re with 🙂 )

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Jul 25 2018 4:24 pm

        I’m glad of that but It’s still such a sad loss, it was the first of two such losses I felt in two days. The following day another lady I follow from England had a mischievous mutt called Macauley ( PiedType knew him too) who was struck and died a couple of days later and i must admit shedding more tears, he was such a lovely creature.
        I reblogged Kate’s obituary to her dog yesterday. Kate is such an elegant writer; and her dog was such a delight.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2018 4:32 pm

          I just caught up with Kate – thanks for the nudge. This is the third in so few days. Maybe it’s the odd super moon eclipse Friday pulling them over to howl in chorus. Dad always said run the dogs ahead on the trail to scare anything lurking there off…I think they are simply doing that – securing the path ahead of us – and will wait patiently until we catch up and can go forward together.
          We miss them terribly meanwhile – they are such brave ones

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