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The art of procrastination.


The art of procrastination.


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  1. He had a year to do it in
    So brushed the thought away,
    A chap with half his energy
    Might do it in a day.
    A year! ‘Twas too ridiculous,
    As everyone should find;
    However, he would get it done
    And have it off his mind.

    But not today. A few months hence would suit him better still;
    Meanwhile, a far less irksome job
    Might occupy his skill.
    He would not let the matter pass
    Entirely from him, No;
    And doubtless he might take it up
    In, say a month or so.

    He had six months to do it in!
    For six long months had flown;
    Well, why should that alarm a chap
    With talents like his own?
    The job, whence once embarked upon,
    Would soon be rattled through;
    However, he would think of it,
    In, say, a week or two.

    He had three months to do it in!
    “Oh brother!” was his cry;
    The thing hangs on me like a weight,
    Each day that passes by.
    Let’s see: three months? Ah, that’s enough,
    But, just to clear the doubt,
    Make arrangements for a start
    Before the month is out.

    He had a week to do it in!
    And care was in his glance.
    “It’s hard,” he cried, “that flight of time,
    Won’t give a chap a chance!”
    He still delayed, the swift week passed,
    As weeks will ever run,
    And though a year was given him,
    The task was still undone.

    John Lea in Boys Own Paper (Volume 37 Issue 3, January 1915)

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