All roads lead to good intentions;
East is east and west is west and God disposes;
Time and tide in a storm.
All roads, sailor’s delight.
(Many are called, sailors take warning:
All roads wait for no man.)
All roads are soon parted.
East is east and west is west: twice shy.
Time and tide bury their dead.
A rolling stone, sailor’s delight.
“Any port”—sailor take warning:
All roads are another man’s poison.
All roads take the hindmost,
East is east and west is west and few are
Time and tide are soon parted,
The devil takes sailor’s delight.
Once burned, sailors take warning:
All roads bury their dead.
—Harry Mathews, from an example of “perverbs,” the result obtained by crossing proverbs, in Oulipan poetry. Featured in the feature “Oulipo Sampler” in our Summer 1998.
Pictured: L’Oulipo à Boulogne, avenue de la Reine, chez FLL (via)