nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,
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Poetry for troubled times

My Facebook is full of Brexit. The news is full of Brexit. Work is full of busy-ness and I really need to kick this bug completely before a 7 hour meeting next Tuesday. And when I seek for escapism no-one on the internet has written Frasier Crane/Alistair Burke*, and the best reading of How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix on YouTube is by Cecil Day-Lewis who alone seems to grasp, as much one can in his tones, that this is an onomatopoeic poem about galloping horses.

But some things retain the power to entertain, and today the cupboard turned up a print-out of a long-ago meme, and a poetic parody that I don't imagine will ever cease to charm me. At ninety I shall be there complaining that the memes these days are nothing to when I were a lass...

LOLcat for the Makers
John Dunbar (c. 1500)

I that in heill wes and gladnes
Am trublit now with great sicknes
My sicklie stait is no surprise:
IM IN UR BASE KILIN UR GUYZ.

Death sovran is of all the tubez,
Of rich, of poor, of l33t, of n00bz;
No mortal shal escaip his eyis:
IM IN UR BASE KILIN UR GUYZ.

Al flesh is dust; we are but bones;
Baith knight and maid he freely pwns;
Against his glanse brooks no disguyse;
IM IN UR BASE KILIN UR GUYZ.

He draws al to his dark bucket;
Whoe'er ye be, ye're surely f***kit;
The Walrus wil not sympathise;
IM IN UR BASE KILIN UR GUYZ.

Our base are al belong to Death
And have done since our natal breath
(This point I'd like to emphasise):
IM IN UR BASE KILIN UR GUYZ.

(First posted here. Original here.)

*The opera producer played by Patrick Stewart who Frasier doesn't realise he is dating. Best line to describe his genius, courtesy of Niles, "He staged a Philip Glass opera last year and no-one left!"

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