CHAPTER IV – FIRST WEEKS ON THE ISLAND
And, first, I found that all the ship’s provisions were dry and untouched by the water, and being very well disposed to eat, I went to the bread room and filled my pockets with biscuit, and ate it as I went about other things, for I had no time to lose… [PS1]
While I was doing this, I found the tide begin to flow, though very calm; and I had the mortification to see my coat, shirt, and waistcoat, which I had left on the shore, upon the sand, swim away… [PS3]
And it was after long searching that I found out the carpenter’s chest, which was, indeed, a very useful prize to me, and much more valuable than a shipload of gold would have been at that time. And thus, having found two or three broken oars belonging to the boat – and, besides the tools which were in the chest, I found two saws, an axe, and a hammer; with this cargo I put to sea. [PS4]
I was under some apprehension, during my absence from the land, that at least my provisions might be devoured on shore: but when I came back I found no sign of any visitor; only there sat a creature like a wild cat upon one of the chests, which, when I came towards it, ran away a little distance, and then stood still. [PS9]
But my good luck began now to leave me; for this raft was so unwieldy, and so overladen not being able to guide it so handily as I did the other, it overset, and threw me and all my cargo into the water… [PS14]
2ndly, shelter from the heat of the sun;
3rdly, security from ravenous creatures, whether man or beast;
4thly, a view to the sea, that if God sent any ship in sight,[PS19]
In this half-circle I pitched two rows of strong stakes, driving them into the ground till they stood very firm like piles, the biggest end being out of the ground above five feet and a half, and sharpened on the top. The two rows did not stand above six inches from one another.[PS20]
…placing other stakes in the inside, leaning against them, about two feet and a half high, like a spur to a post; and this fence was so strong, that neither man nor beast could get into it or over it[PS21]
I made a large tent, which to preserve me from the rains that in one part of the year are very violent there, I made double – one smaller tent within, and one larger tent above it; and covered the uppermost with a large tarpaulin, which I had saved among the sails. [PS22]
…omitted setting down before; as, in particular, pens, ink, and paper, several parcels in the captain’s, mate’s, gunner’s and carpenter’s keeping; three or four compasses, some mathematical instruments [PS32]
[PS1]Hindsight is 20/20.
Now that Crusoe sees that they all would have been saved if they had stayed on board, he wishes that he had.
Opportunity fleeting – decision difficult
[PS2]In every find, there is a truth.
In many truths, there is disappointment…
[PS3]In seeking to save oneself…sometimes some of that self must be lost.
[PS4]From hence, ye beauties, undeceived,
Know, one false step is ne’er retrieved,
And be with caution bold.
Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all that glisters, gold.
[PS5]Sometimes fight makes right.
Other times, discretion is the better part of valor.
Often, you have no choice.
[PS6]Wu Wei…wait for the appropriate time.
[PS7]When all you have is a surrounding infinite see and a confining deserted island, you fall to work to survive.
[PS8]When good luck befalls you, don’t stair it in the mouth.
[PS9]Fear of the unknown can the greatest fear of all.
The feared may not be so fearsome.
Going about one’s business may be a remedy for fear.
Looking the feared in eye may cause it to cower and run away.
[PS10]Not everything will spoil
Not everything will last
The rain and sun will come for some
Seek shelter for that mass.
[PS11]Though fears of one
They may subside
Not all the danger lurks
When one is looking or alert
So build a door with locks.
[PS12]Things for purpose have more than that
So, keep them for that day
When purpose comes for odds and ends
Hoarding sometimes pays.
[PS13]Outside one’s health there are delights
That’s why we suffer here
So take a swig then take a bite
Revel in slight cheer.
[PS14]Good luck lasts not forever…
Bag luck takes its place…
But look back in deep water…
For those forlorn pieces of eight.
[PS15]Steel defeated the savage
So, it was defeat I finds in the drawer
If you are centuries ahead of your henchman
Discover safety within the drawer.
[PS16]We were poor, so we took food and water
They were rich, so took they jewels
At sea their thirst did urge them
To trade treasure to fellow fools
Fate took most they ‘fore us rich
Before Thai pirates took their best
We survivors roped together
Sinking now to final rest
[PS17]One choice dear fate allows us
To act before she does
If apathy aboundeth thee
Then thy ship adrift to lee.
[PS18]A shelter from the elements
Be quick or sound the choice
Sleep the night in comfort
Or fear for life the North
[PS19]Stay thee healthy drink fresh water
Find shelter from the sun
Secure thyself from beast and man
Have a view when tomorrow come.
[PS20]A bulwark to nature’s aggression
Must have shape and height and depth
To slow the charge that soon to come
And prevent their climb upon.
[PS21]Brace for push and pressure
For that be initial take
Of enemies before us
Now hiding in the wait..
[PS22]One layer might betray thee
Two better but not best
A third to cover over all
Put rains hard to the test.
[PS23]Precious and yet volatile
Keep safe but separate be
A flash or spark might send all
In piece to shing sea
[PS24]In full it be jeopardizing
In parcel it be safer
Take the time to put your stock
Away, weigh be it sack or wafer
[PS25]Getting your goat may be the point
Of another who appears to distract
But finding your goat can be your wish
When roots and berries stack.
[PS26]Again with the goats
This time hunting…
Intent on their pasture
Goats never look heaven
So be with us
Attacks from above
[PS27]A house without a heat
Be careful in thy placement
The needs of flame provided
But protect from smoke and spark and spread
[PS28]Desolation claims not just the land
But one’s soul it do so grasp
Till thy life not worth living
And death a welcome rest
[PS29]See the foul as designated evil
But mine out the sister good
See what worse might yet offend thee
See what better be understood
[PS30]One good is gun in hand
When hunting out the land
But those before had none
And yet still they hunt the stnad
[PS31]Mark thy days in solitude
For rescue come not soon
Have something to count and see
The past on future noon
[PS32]Tools of technique serve one well
Writing parts the more
Though might weather through the years
One writes then writes no more
[PS33]A list exact in pen and ink
Is what I spoke of thence
When ink be gone how make thee more
Set about it now and hence
[PS34]Might anything rule hopelessness?
Try reason first and last
For only you can work the tools
To wreck the wretched past
[PS35]Comfort comes in segments small
When mind grapples with the matter
All that one can do at now
Is put out what might be worse
[PS36]Line them up in front of reason
Call forth one by one
Place on each a name and sign
Then pair them with a prince
[PS37]Being alive and wishing you were dead
Is much worse than being dead
Take heart in every sunset
In light with hope arise
[PS38]When one decides that he’s unique
To misery so deep
Realize the others lost
Be calmed for one night’s sleep
[PS39]Take thy sustenance as it is given
Eat alone, enjoy the taste
For time eternal takes the rest
Slow your sour pace
[PS40]What you have is what you’ve got
Wear it well and long
A day will come when patches fall
And naked taken yon
[PS41]A world awash with evil
Might crush me like a bug
But here and now I rule in small
I’m safe and soft and snug
[PS42]Be there no one else for dialogue
Still I have all else about me
Chop and sing and curse the sky
Why mourn? I have what’s necessary.
[PS43]Conditions miserable demand a mate
To offset thankless times
So negative or positive
Make sour now sublime
[PS44]At the point of most miserable
Direct thyself away
To parts unknown but better
Above despair thy stay
[PS45]Find comfort where there is none
Seek shelter in the deluge
Always there in hidden crevasse
Two side and top, a refuge
[PS46]If life to you is only cost
Review your own accounting
Ledger’s without credit
See debt galore amounting
[PS47]When wrecked anew you find yourself
Scattered without order
Confusion rules and things pile up
Till there’s no space within border
[PS48]Order thing, expand if must
But solve the problem quickly
A hoarder’s home beneath the dust
Becomes a cave and sickly
[PS49]Reason rules the fertile mind
Mathematics becomes the tool
So substance spawns from that no here
Believe not? Then you’re a fool
[PS50]Bring me each great problem
Give me such great time
Though crude at first and then refined
Confusion seeks design
[PS51]And there it is, a pause
When stymied he doth sit
Defeated by a quarry
Succeeded by his wit
[PS52]Journal thy time
Remember the gaps
Though posterity cares not
Record with sap
[PS53]A distant hope of fancy
In motion and then gone
She raised my hopes then lowered
In brief, quite like a song
[PS54]Blinded by the light of hope
Fallen by arisen false
Exhausted lie I staring
Alone with suffered loss
[PS55]Mourn the passing ship of hope
Be a child for just this
Let misery and folly bring you down