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The Owl


A swift and silent shape by night,
the mice do not find her wise,
But precious and terrible in flight.
And her eyes not unblinking,
swift searching, knowing, unthinking.

If men were small and grey and white,
in terror would we her praises sing.
And build a church upon some height,
adorned with little tiny claws
and images of mice and moths.

Old one-eye on eight-legg’d steed,
neér rode so well on wings as these
choosing slain adrunk with mead.
In gladan fields now heroes roam.
They never prayed midst forest loam.

Nor sang their joy in mortal terror
of goddess born of wind and pain.
Nor feared to squeak a mortal error.
A tiny song of praise and fear:
We hope to live another year.

Do rodents make a tiny pope,
clothed in robes of moss and gold.
And does he speak of faith and hope
and safety later than today,
if only now their tithe they pay?

Copyright © 1997, 2013, 2018 Henry Edward Hardy


27 March, 2018 Posted by | Högskolan i Kalmar, Mediecentrum, owl, poetry, scanlyze, Ugglan | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ode to Conjunctive Normal Form

Oh Conjunctive Normal Form, how do I love thee?

((Do I love you because you’re beautiful,)
[OR] (are you beautiful because I love you?))
(([NOT] (Am I making believe I see in you a girl too lovely to be really true?)))
((Do I want you because you’re wonderful,)
[OR] (are you wonderful because I want you?))
(([NOT] (Are you the sweet invention of a lover’s dream))
[OR] (are you really as beautiful as you seem?))

Copyright © 2018 Henry Edward Hardy


25 March, 2018 Posted by | Conjunctive Normal Form, Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful, logic, musical, Rogers and Hammerstein, scanlyze | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ode to Happy Speedy

Ode to Happy Speedy

Oh Muses! Grant me your blessing
that I may sing the praises of
internet grocery supreme
swift, tireless Happy Speedy!

Chorus: Happy Speedy! Internet Grocery
Supreme, swift Happy Speedy!

Oh Happy Speedy, purveyor of
glucosine delights innumerable,
Swift! The packets soar, and racing
through the ethereal net, arrive.


Now minions assemble grocerial
items numerous and variable
San Pelegrino infused with vapors
carbolical and Deluxe Egg Salad.


Hear now of the cornucopia
DARPA hath wrought, bringing unto us
Lean Pockets Ham and Cheese
and artisinal cupcakes, Hackers Delight!


And swift now! To thine autochariots go
and bring thou the vittles divine
A tip shalt thou receive, and moreso
An ode in thy praise now I sing!


Copyright © 2017, 2018 Henry Edward Hardy

23 July, 2017 Posted by | Happy Speedy, ode, scanlyze | , , , | Leave a comment