Thursday, November 20, 2014


How many angels can dance
On the head of a pin is, of course,
A math problem. Angels normally have,
I’m told, position but no mass
When they need a body they make one
From available materials: air, say,
Or water or regret or the color green
The right answer then: all of them
Now if only they could agree
On which pinhead to gather
And what musicians to hire;
(Those who favor a bandoleon quartet
Have not spoken to the oboenistas
In sixteen hundred years)
If only they could decide on whether
They should include the fallen angels;
If only Metraton could be taught
The most elementary sense of rhythm

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