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Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:01 am

immortality poem #2

I wonder if it ever crossed tenniel’s mind
when he was having fun with caterpillars  
smoking hookahs a neck stretched up to the
tree tops a lizard flying out a chimney a cat
vanished except for its grin that he would
achieve immortality not for his great political  
cartoons so popular in punch but through alice

and I wonder whether arthur sullivan in
whatever heaven he’s in feels resentful that  
all that anyone remembers of the music he  
composed the music he counted on to bring  
lasting fame are the operettas written with
gilbert – gilbert’s name coming always first  
those will last forever the two had a rocky
romance even enmity at the end sullivan
does have one non g & s song remembered  
but he must feel as though he’s the lost chord

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