[lit-ideas] Re: Nothing significant in NYC?

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 12:12:14 -0400

- Soap Lake, Washington: The Giant Lava Lamp ($143 million)

These numbers can't be correct. The Giant Lava Lamp will surely forever bubble forth as a beacon of liberty and...lava...for untold generations to come. But it appears to be receiving $20 million more than the entire city of NYC. That doesn't make sense. NYC--our wicked uncle--surely smells worse than the Giant Lava Lamp, and must be cleaned more often.


The Capital
By WH Auden

Quarter of pleasures where the rich are always waiting,
Waiting expensively for miracles to happen,
Dim-lighted restaurants where lovers eat each other,
Cafe where exiles have established a malicious village:

You with your charm and apparatus have abolished
The strictness of winter and spring's compulsion,
Far from your lights the outraged punitive father,
The dullness of mere obedience is here apparent.

So with orchestras and glances, soon you betray us
To belief in our infinite powers; and the innocent
Unobservant offender falls in a moment
Victim to his heart's invisible furies.

In unlighted streets you hide away the appalling;
Factories where lives are made for a temporary use
Like collars or chairs, rooms where the lonely are battered
Slowly like pebbles into fortuitous shapes.

But the sky you illumine, your glow is visible far
Into the dark countryside, enormous and frozen,
Where, hinting at the forbidden like a wicked uncle,
Night after night to the farmer's children you beckon.

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