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An Eccentric Library

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The modern day web is very much like an eccentric library. You could be surfing along and could step on something weird yet utterly delightful such as this.

The Microbe – by Hilaire Belloc

The Microbe is so very small
You cannot make him out at all,
But many sanguine people hope
To see him through a microscope.
His jointed tongue that lies beneath
A hundred curious rows of teeth;
His seven tufted tails with lots
Of lovely pink and purple spots,
On each of which a pattern stands,
Composed of forty separate bands;
His eyebrows of a tender green;
All these have never yet been seen—
But Scientists, who ought to know,
Assure us that they must be so….
Oh! let us never, never doubt
What nobody is sure about!

A poem that is about a microbe and yet also about the uncertain bases of certainity. In this day and age of faith-based warfare and terrorism I am sure this could be something that should go in our textbooks. To imagine this was written as early as 1896!
Signing off,
Vishnu Vyas


Written by vishnuvyas

August 13, 2006 at 5:39 am

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  1. Didn’t know you liked poetry….


    August 13, 2006 at 9:09 am

  2. I enjoy poetry and in the aftermath of a terror threat and bombings in mumbai attributed to islamic terrorism I thought the last two lines of the poem seems to strike the matter at its heart.

    Vishnu Vyas

    August 13, 2006 at 4:54 pm

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