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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Directory of blogs written by insects

Charles sits down 
To compile
A directory of blogs
Written by insects.

This is no simple task.

Charles is a human being
And as far as he knows
He is not on speaking terms
With any insects,
Though one can never,
With absolute exactitude,
Be certain
What may be heard
By the fly on the wall,
Or, indeed, be understood
By that same fly.

On the face of it
There is no manifest reason
To suppose
That the intellection
Of an arthropod
Is necessarily,
And in every case,
Culturally incompatible
With the intellection
Of a vertebrate.

But the language barrier
Does pose a problem
For many,
Including humans.

It is important, however,
To affirm the insect community
And to applaud its contribution
To the blogging world.

It cannot be easy
For an insect to operate
A computer keyboard.

Humans beings
Have four limbs
With which to operate
A computer keyboard
And they choose
To use two of them
For this purpose.

But insects
Have six limbs
Two antennae
And, in many cases,
Four wings.

It must be difficult for them,
To choose which appendage,
Or combination of appendages,
To use
To operate
A computer keyboard.

Just possibly,
An insect might prefer
A mouse.

That they have reached
Their own decision on this
Is a matter for celebration,
Not censure.

In compiling
A directory of blogs
Written by insects,
Charles decides that

It might be worthwhile
To consult
A directory of blogs
Written by humans,
Compiled by insects.

Insects have strong views
About humans,
Which is why they sting so many,
And assist them to catch malaria,
And bite them repeatedly
When they go on camping holidays
To Scotland
In August.

And humans have strong views
About insects,
Which is why they kill so many,
With broad spectrum insecticides,
And swat them with yesterday's
Unread Scottish newspapers,
And pull their legs off one by one
In order to demonstrate

Their moral superiority.




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