Inconvenient News,
       by smintheus

Thursday, May 24, 2007

  Naming of Parts

With apologies to Henry Reed

Vixi duellis nuper idoneus
et militavi non sine gloria.


To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had cleaning and storage. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after positioning. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Sunny
Watches from the window eyes glistening like tears,
And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the manual swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The children
Surge toward her with their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the strap-latch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his teeth. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The Democrats
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their teeth.

And this you can see is the pulley. The purpose of this
Is to open the arm, as you see. We can wind it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
Congress is fumbling around for non-binding gestures:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the pulley,
And the strap, and the swivel, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and Memorial Day
And the silent stone gardens and Congressmen going backwards and forwards,
For to-day we have naming of parts.

crossposted from Unbossed

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