I bought a tin of Altoids curiously strong peppermints yesterday. I opened the tin and "not for the faint of tongue" was written on the paper inside. It made me think about my Dad telling me that if I was gonna smoke a pipe, I would have to toughen my tongue. My Dad and Grandad always had a tin of Altoids with them. And here I am many years after my Grandad handed me my first Altoids, and chuckled at the face I made, wondering if Altoids actually are a pipe smoker's accessory. It is lost to me when exactly I started to buy them as regularly as tobacco.
Sing in me, and through me tell the story
Of that man skilled in all the ways of contending
A wanderer, harried for years on end..."