May 14th, 2006

Reading

A little levity from _The Space Child's Mother Goose_.

The Space Child's Mother GooseAfter all the fuss, fancy, or whatever you do for Mother's Day, you might appreciate a good laugh. My Yankee grandmother used to entertain me as a little burrito with "My Black Hen" from The Space Child's Mother Goose (ISBN 1930900074); the poem popped into my head while I was looking up album dates for things in my digital music collection. The book came back into print a few years ago. You should buy a copy.

Probable-Possible, my black hen,
She lays eggs in the Relative When.
She doesn't lay eggs in the Positive Now
Because she's unable to Postulate How.

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Flappity, floppity, flip
The mouse on the Möbius strip.
The strip revolved,
The mouse dissolved
In a chrono-dimensional skip.

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Three jolly sailors from Blaydon-on-Tyne
They went to sea in a bottle by Klein.
Since the sea was entirely inside the hull
The scenery seen was exceedingly dull.

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