1317. An umbrella saga

Mr Cooper always carried his umbrella when he went out, even if it wasn’t going to rain. There are some days when one can be one hundred percent certain that it will not rain, such as a beautiful blue-sky mid-summer’s day. Still, on such a day, Mr Cooper took his umbrella.

“Why do you take your umbrella with you when the sky is blue, the air is clear, the birds are singing, and it’s a let’s-go-on-a-picnic day?” asked Mrs Harker poetically.

“The meteorologists are unreliable at best,” said Mr Cooper dourly and judgementally. “Take their forecast as gospel and one day you’ll get caught out.”

However, the reliability of the meteorologists was proven one day. It rained as predicted. Mr Cooper’s raised his umbrella. Lightning struck. Mr Cooper died.

“He may as well have flown a kite like Benjamin Franklin in 1752 from the spire on Christ Church in Philadelphia built in 1754,” observed Mrs Harker knowledgeably, wryly, and unsympathetically.

11 thoughts on “1317. An umbrella saga

  1. umashankar

    The dark streak in Mrs Harker has been cleverly concealed under Mr Cooper’s cockiness. I fancy the names of the characters have a bearing on their disposition, Cooper coops under his umbrella and behind his rigid attitude, Harker harks on others without any bonafide business of her own.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I never realized how I was a prisoner of names – but you are right. I knew a clergyman whose name was “Parsons” and another one who was catholic and therefore Father – whose surname was “Christmas”.

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  2. Andrew

    On a sunny day an umbrella is a parasol. If the birds are singing it protects you from mid-flight bird bowel evacuation. I’m with Cooper. A very sound chap. There are worse ways to die I’m sure.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I can only bow to your more knowledgeable experience. My next poem (you’ll have to wait a week) was partly inspired by your ability to observe things about you… Regarding umbrellas – there are many handy uses – as I seem to recall Russian spies or something (years ago) using them to advantage in Budapest or somewhere…

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