Tuesday, June 30, 2015


In every known universe, Samuel Johnson,
Walking at twilight with James Boswell,
Gives a large stone a mighty kick
Thus refuting Bishop Berkeley's theory
Of the material world's illusory nature.
In only fourteen of those universes
Does the rock cry out "Oi there!
Kick me again and I'll paste you one!"
In only three of them does Johnson reply
"Petrinaceous threats, Sir, neither daunt nor deter me!"
In only one does everything end in drinks and laughter.

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