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APED: "bugger all this prophecy stuff"

April 6th, 2009 (07:56 pm)

rodlox requested a poem about the platypus, or about prophecy. The latter attempt came out better, if by "better" you mean "a poor imitation of Ogden Nash after he'd drunk six or seven yellow, mellow martinis."

A prophecy's a silly thing
to conjure up a hero's fate.
Some shmoe is destined to be king
who was a shepherd boy till late
and lay on hillsides, taking naps
while the dog did all the work --
make him king? What is this crap?
Why give a kingdom to this jerk?
The prophecy! Oh, right, forgive me
for thinking we might want a guy
who at, some passing time, was privy
to something more than "Clouds go by!"
Ever notice all these prophets
always pick unlikely dudes?
Not someone you wouldn't scoff at.
No, it's shepherd boys with 'tudes,
bastards left upon a hillside,
clutching some convenient rag,
are they smart? No. They can kill guys.
Well, raise a motherfucking flag!
They get a quest, and promptly head off,
boosted by this prophet shite,
come back again, wave high aloft
some wings plucked from a fairy sprite.
The head of some poor snakey chick,
who was awakened to a fight.
It's revolting. Makes me sick.
And that somehow gives them the right.
Can you imagine some HR guy
telling you, mid-interview,
"There's no doubt you're qualified.
But this guy got the fleece. You're through."
I say, fuck the dude who snagged
the fleece of some molested sheep
he prob'ly buggered as it baa-ed --
I'm telling you, that guy's a creep.

Comments

Posted by: doctor_alice (doctor_alice)
Posted at: April 7th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)

I love this! What a great take on Greek mythology. Plus, I was in a bad mood this afternoon and a little snark was just what I needed.

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: April 7th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)

Wonderful. The perfect antidote to a few hours of Plato and Robert Jordan.

Posted by: lyonie17 (lyonie17)
Posted at: April 7th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)

O very nice. Been watching Kings?

Posted by: Maire (mkcs)
Posted at: April 7th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)

*grins*

Posted by: rodlox (rodlox)
Posted at: April 25th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
going to hug

I appreciate you doing this. thank you.

I'd have replied sooner, but I didn't know what to say - seriously, I didn't want the fb in this post to sound like 90% of all the fb I've ever given.

even now, I'm at a loss to describe how great this poem is. (epic poem, mind)

sorry.

have nice days & be well. and thank you.

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