Still More Mythical Waterfowl
- Duck of Earl
- Duckleberry Finn
- Plague Ducktaur
- Ducktaur Who
CHIMERA (Lion): What good is having
CHIMERA (Goat): 3 heads
CHIMERA (Snake): from a ssingle sspecies?
CERBERUS (1): One sees the living
CERBERUS (3): One sees the dead
CERBERUS (2): And one sees the souls in between.
CHIMERA (Snake): Sso essentially
CHIMERA (Goat): It’s for chasing
CHIMERA (Lion): Schrodinger’s Cat?
CERBERUS (1): Or, hear me out…
What if you removed
in the ship of Theseus
and replaced them with
from the ship of Sisyphus?
CERBERUS (3): Is this going somewhere?
CERBERUS (2): Obviously not.
click here to listen to “Sisyphus” by Andrew Bird. Just because.
Lesser-Known Mythical Waterfowl
VERGIL: Here, Cerberus, with triple-throated roar, / Made all the region ring, and there he lay—
CERBERUS (1): Excuse me
CERBERUS (2): And me
CERBERUS (3): And me
CERBERUS: Our pronouns are
CERBERUS (1): They/
CERBERUS (2): Them/
CERBERUS (3): Their.
VERGIL: Here, Cerberus, with triple throated roar, / Made all the region ring, and there they lay.
CERBERUS: Good boy.
From “Helen” by H.D.
SOFIA (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
H.D. (caller): All Greece hates the still eyes in the white face.
SOFIA: Is the E.U. pushing austerity again? It worked so well the last time.
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
OZYMANDIAS (caller): Look on my works, ye mighty , and DESPAIR!
WILLIAMS: I have eaten de spare that was in the icebox.
Any resemblance between Ozymandias and actual arrogant despots approaching irrelevancy is purely intentional.
JERRY (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
THE CURE (chorus): Human beings suffer
JERRY: Philosophers have written a great deal on the question of why people suffer.
THE CURE: They torture one another
JERRY: That is one reason.
Excerpted from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney.
Based on an excerpt from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney
Don’t hope on this side of the grave;
there’s no guarantee you’ll be saved—
but now and again
(you never know when)
justice comes like a fifty-foot wave.