Saturday, August 1, 2009


I just found a slip of paper with one of my favorite little poems written on it, and I wanted to share it. It originally appeared in The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu, a comic opera in two acts written by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan first performed on March 14, 1885, in London. And now I've given more background on it than the length of the poem, so here it is.

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

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