Off Topic: Today’s Verse 40

I’d like to ring a round of rosies,
in essence to go colorblind
to limitations on entrance and exits signs
that you so easily designed

Find a tooth-comb armory,
resplendent in nitrous gear
petal smiles atop slow-motion steps
feasibly alarmed
to intangible boundary lines

I ask for the carving of a miracle,
scientific fiction diversion
in practice
I guard the firing chimes

in a bottomless merchant dive.

–yiqi 27 may 7:57 AM

12 thoughts on “Off Topic: Today’s Verse 40

  1. kevmoore

    Ahm the literary Pugs returns! Always a welcome sight.

    Fave lines today include:

    “I ask for the carving of a miracle”


    “I guard the firing chimes”

    PS: Did you know that “ring o’ ring o’ roses” has its derivations in the great plague that befell London? If not, I will elucidate! πŸ˜‰

    1. sittingpugs Post author

      I sure did know about the pockets full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down

      reference, Kev.

      Wasn’t it a way for kids to remember not to get too close to dead bodies?

  2. kevmoore

    The English version:

    Ring a ring o’rosies – this refers to a rash around the neck

    A pocket full of posies – this refers to people carrying a small bouquet to keep the smell of death at bay

    A-tishoo, A-tishoo – the sneezing normally heralded one’s imminent demise

    We all fall down – fairly self explanatory, that bit! πŸ™‚

    It always fascinates me just how gruesome many nursery rhymes are.

  3. kevmoore

    I’ve always found that phenomenon fascinating: “Chinese whispers” we used to call it. We even did experiments at school, getting someone to whisper a phrase, and it went through each person in turn, seeing what came out of the last child’s mouth! My Dad always used to tell a joke to illustrate it, about a beleaguered soldier who sends a message back from behind enemy lines “send reinforcements, we’re going to advance” By that time it arrives back at HQ, a young messenger relays it to the commander-in-chief as “send three and fourpence, we’re going to a dance”!! πŸ™‚ Parents. you’ve gotta love’em.


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