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For Lucia, with thanks for the haikus. (Blame Mike Post and Don Pablo for quoting Shelley the other day and setting me off.)
I met a traveller from a distant shire Who said: A vast and pointless shaft of steel Stands on a hill top… Near it, in the mire, Half sunk, a shattered turbine lies, whose wheels And riven blades and snarls of coloured wire Tell that its owners well their mission read Which did not last nor, nowhere to be seen, The hand that paid them and the empty head. And scrawled around the base these lines are clear: ‘My name is Millibandias, greenest Green. Look on my works, ye doubters, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round this display Of reckless cost and loss, blotless and fair, The green and pleasant landscape rolls away.
Good one, Josh - Lucia is indeed a ray of sunshine.
And a very nice twist on Ozymandias, Dreadnought - that one's a keeper!
I never thought a discussion about the subjunctive mood would turn you into a raging whatever.
Shelley is one of my favorites and Mike Post was simply kind enough to point out the misquoted reference, which I could not place, but he did.
What is the haikus to which you refer, and pry, what terrible deed do you commit? A misplaced comma, perhaps?
Don Pablo--I think "For Lucia, with thanks for the haikus. " refers to me. I occasionally write haiku's at my blog.
Dreadnought,Nice poem! :)
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