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There is this text by Jonathan Swift which I don't know whether I should call relatively well known or relatively obscure... You tell me.

Anyway, here it goes:

The Vermin only teaze and pinch Their Foes superior by an Inch. So Nat'ralists observe, a Flea Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey, And these have smaller Fleas to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum.
The rhyme and rhythm were improved by Augustus De Morgan
Great fleas have little fleas
upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, [in turn,]
have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still,
and greater still, and so on.
(I, in turn, would remove the [in turn]). Then even later, Lewis Richardson who was a physicist studying fluid mechanics wrote
Big whorls have little whorls,
Which feed on their velocity,
And little whorls have lesser whorls,
And so on to viscosity.
I propose
Big bubbles have little bubbles
which feed on their liquidity
and little bubbles have lesser bubbles
and so on to volatility.
And the greater bubbles have themselves
even greater bubbles to ride on;
while these again have greater still
and greater still, 'till meltdown.
This is just about the first time I write verse since I was maybe 12. The quality hasn't improved much.


A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 06:07:20 AM EST
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impressive!
by emilmoller (emil@beyondthewalls.eu) on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 09:45:52 AM EST
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In memory of the ineffable

William McGonagall


Bubbles big from bubbles bitty
Pumped up by Bank liquidity
Until pump fails or switches off
And all that's left is debt, and froth.


"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 09:46:05 AM EST
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Note that one has to pronounce the e in pumped in order for the second line to scan...

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 09:49:29 AM EST
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