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My LJIdol piece this week was partially inspired by the poem that is below the cut, which is one of my all-time favorites.  The conceit is that the writer is Archy, a cockroach who can read and write and has found a manual typewriter.  He creates his poems by jumping on the keys headfirst, and since he can only hit one key at a time there is no punctuation or capitalization.  But in case anyone is curious, and just because it is one of my favorites, I wanted to share.  Enjoy.


 

the lesson of the moth

 

i was talking to a moth
the other evening
he was trying to break into
an electric light bulb
and fry himself on the wires 

why do you fellows
pull this stunt i asked him
because it is the conventional
thing for moths or why
if that had been an uncovered
candle instead of an electric
light bulb you would
now be a small unsightly cinder
have you no sense 

plenty of it he answered
but at times we get tired
of using it
we get bored with the routine
and crave beauty
and excitement
fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy for a moment
and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
so we wad all our life up
into one little roll
and then we shoot the roll
that is what life is for 

it is better to be a part of beauty
for one instant and then cease to
exist than to exist forever
and never be a part of beauty
our attitude toward life
is come easy go easy
we are like human beings
used to be before they became
too civilized to enjoy themselves 

and before i could argue him
out of his philosophy
he went and immolated himself
on a patent cigar lighter
i do not agree with him
myself i would rather have
half the happiness and twice the longevity 

but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself
                                           Archy

                        -by Don Marquis

 

 

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Man, I can relate to that last part. Nice poem. Cute.

Just wanted to pop in and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BEEKER HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Aw thanks so much sweetie. You were officially the first person to 'sing' to me today.

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