Monday, September 28, 2009

Ahhh, Jefferson...Volume 2

Apparently, Jefferson didn't say the exact words noted earlier ... although it would have been cool if he did.

He did, however, say this:
I sincerely believeā€¦ that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
He said it to a guy named John Taylor. As you may or may not know, John Taylor plays bass for Duran Duran. Which clearly proves, if nothing else, that life is not, as sometimes thought, a series of circles, but, rather, a long flat coil. Like a Slinky.
That's poetic.
What is?
Your closing sentences.
Really?
Of course. A lot of people think poetry is about content, word choice, musicality, rhythm and a bunch of other crap. But really it's just about where you push the return button.
That's a very cynical position.
You think? Check this out:
"Which clearly proves
if nothing else
that life is not
as sometimes thought
a series of circles
but, rather,
a long flat coil.
Like a Slinky."
Wow. Somebody should make sure Bob Dylan gets this memo.
I cc'd him.

Great. But you can argue that the use of the return key is tantamount to establishing a certain rhythm.
Yes you could. Like commas, I suppose.
Out of kindness, I suppose.
Nicely said, Pancho. Very gracious.
But certainly everything else you said is true.
Thank you.
You're welcome, Lefty.

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