Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Trio of oddments


RHYTHM
I saw a line of footprints,
unswerving and forward pointing.
Every third left and right
impression was lightly stressed.
I think the walker was waltzing.

GROOMING
Once, during a tropical sojourn,
I picked lice from a child’s long hair.
Their bodies burst with a gratifying click
between my thumbnail and fingernail.
Chimps eat them but I didn’t.

VISUAL
I guesstimate that
the Milky Way’s dark matter halo,
in which we’re rapt, is equivalent in mass
to several hundred tredecillion
vacuous squid ink squirts.

Submitted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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- based on an average squid ink squirt of 5 gram? ?
tredecillion = 10^42

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  • Valsa George (10/6/2013 4:51:00 AM)

    This is indeed an odd Trio!
    Rhythm
    I wonder how the man must have walked to leave every third left and right footprint lightly stressed... must be waltzing or a kind of balancing game?
    Grooming
    Slightly nauseating...thugh the click sound is enjoyable!
    Visual
    The dark matter produced by squid ink squirts! Great discovery!
    For picking up such queer topics, you deserve a sure 10 Diana! (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (10/6/2013 3:03:00 AM)

    That's enough squid ink to write a life time of poems. I love the machinations of your mind Diane. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (9/26/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    Oddments of your imagination Diane, Amazing. You are not a Mad Scientist by any chance? Hope the squid ink is purple for the football this weekend. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/25/2013 8:03:00 AM)

    A real trio of oddments with evenness of poetic splendour that runs over each stanza! It is a pace of change for you Diane. Well written! (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (9/24/2013 6:38:00 AM)

    Is it not a rhythm grooming visual although a half metric tad curt, that initially ignited a Big Bang burst with but wee squid squirts? (Report) Reply

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