Paul Hartal


Absolute Irony


'The universe
is a mysterious place',
the poet said.
'There might exist
other worlds wherein
the laws of nature
are different from ours.'


'No', the engineer said,
'in a vacuum
light travels at the speed
of 300,000 km per second
and nothing can move
faster than that.'


'Oh, absolute claims
are always
absolutely wrong',
the turtle said.


'But since this is
an absolute claim
it ought to be
wrong, too',
the engineer objected.


'Yes',
agreed the turtle,
'yet in being wrong
it is also
absolutely right.'

Submitted: Friday, February 17, 2012
Edited: Thursday, March 28, 2013
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