Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Trio of oddments

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.

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.

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!
    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?
    Slightly nauseating...thugh the click sound is enjoyable!
    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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