Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Friday, March 14, 2008

A Piece of String

How Long Is A Piece of String?
I'd ask Mater what was for dinner:
A bit of bread and pullit
What's that?
You take a bit of bread
and you pull it
My mother was not fond
of giving straight answers
That was why
You never asked of her
How long would dinner be
Invariably you'd get back
How long is a piece of string?
And you'd retreat hungrily.
Afraid she really would be
Serving Pig's Cheek this time
Now I'm grown up I don't worry
because if it takes
three minutes on medium power
The box tells me so
It likes straight answers
And if I want to know what's cooking
I look at the box
It gives straight answers
How long is a piece of string
How empty is a straight answer?


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