“A Tragedy” By Theophilus Marzials


The barges down in the river flop.

Flop, plop.
Above, beneath.

From the slimy branches the grey drips drop,
As they scraggle black on the thin grey sky,
Where the black cloud rack-hackles drizzle and fly
To the oozy waters, that lounge and flop
On the black scrag piles, where the loose cords plop,
As the raw wind whines in the thin tree-top.

Plop, plop.
And scudding by

The boatmen call out hoy! and hey!
All is running water and sky,

And my head shrieks — “Stop,”
And my heart shrieks — “Die.”

*          *          *          *          *

My thought is running out of my head;
My love is running out of my heart,
My soul runs after, and leaves me as dead,
For my life runs after to catch them — and fled
They all are every one! — and I stand, and start,
At the water that oozes up, plop and plop,
On the barges that flop
And dizzy me dead.
I might reel and drop.

And the shrill wind whines in the thin tree-top
Flop, plop.

*          *          *          *          *

A curse on him.
Ugh! yet I knew — I knew —
If a woman is false can a friend be true?
It was only a lie from beginning to end —

My Devil — My “Friend”

I had trusted the whole of my living to!

Ugh; and I knew!

So what do I care,

And my head is empty as air —

I can do,
I can dare,
(Plop, plop
The barges flop
Drip drop.)

I can dare! I can dare!

And let myself all run away with my head
And stop.

Plop, flop.


Google Trends – [nicolette scorsese]

Google Trends is a tool offered by Google that shows how often a particular query is made over a set period of time. The vertical axis in the graphs Google Trends produces shows how often a term is searched for relative to its total number of queries, and the horizontal axis plots a time period determined by the user.

This post uses Google Trends data to take a look at the search query volume for Nicolette Scorsese.

Ms. Scorsese is a former actress whose most notable role is in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. She played Mary, the woman Chevy Chase meets while shopping for his wife (“God rest her soul”).

Since 2004, search demand on the query [nicolette scorsese] consistently increases around December when searchers are no doubt watching her movie. Demand for [nicolette scorsese] peaked in 2015, but it went down again the following year (its lowest point since 2012).

To put this demand into perspective, here is Ms. Scorsese’s query volume in comparison to the query volume for Juliette Lewis. Ms. Lewis played Audrey in Christmas Vacation. She is still an active actress, and she’s also the front-woman for the band “Juliette & The Licks”.

Since 2010, Ms. Lewis’s demand has regularly exceeded that of Ms. Scorsese. Demand for [juliette lewis] is represented by the red line, and [nicolette scorsese] demand is the blue line.

Ms. Scorsese’s query volume has consistently been trounced by the search volume for the movie that made her semi-notable. Demand for [national lampoon’s christmas vacation] is represented by the red line, and [nicolette scorsese] demand is the almost flat blue line.

However, Ms. Scorsese’s query volume has crushed that of Mae Questel, the actress who played Aunt Betty and was the voice of Betty Boop.

Demand for [mae questel] is represented by the red line, and [nicolette scorsese] demand is the blue line.

What Does This Data Tell Us?

Nicolette Scorsese had several other roles outside of Christmas Vacation, but she was typecast, playing “Fantasy Lover” in 1993’s Boxing Helena and “Busty Barmaid #2” in NYPD Blue. She retired from acting in 2000. However, as long as Christmas Vacation exists and there are dudes who use the Internet, there’s no doubt her search demand will keep spiking every December.

Final Notes

[nicolette scorsese] and [national lampoon’s christmas vacation] are significantly less popular than [bacon], which is represented by the line in red.

Nicolette Scorsese is not related to the more famous Scorsese.