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Oh, distantmost friend,
with an orbit elliptic,
our friendship, though brief,
has been needlessly cryptic;

It seems that you've worn
a succession of faces -
and sometimes, abruptly,
you even switched places,

with Neptune, to upset
astronomy classes,
who frowned at their figures
through coke-bottle glasses.

We theorized on you,
a phantom of reason,
and then you burst forth,
like a pheasant in season -

For many years thence,
we've been levelling rifles,
in hopes to restrict you
with semantic trifles---

to pluck you from heaven,
and clip off the wings
which lifted you up
to an order of things

which now we define
as the "planets", of type
so minute or so catholic
they don't rate the hype.

And at last we've succeeded:
you drift now, demoted,
midst fellows who,
at the announcement,
all gloated -

But know this, our favorite
ex-body celestial:
we always shall love you,
with blindness terrestrial.

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mitchy
Aug. 24th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
*applauds!* Brilliant! Take a bow :)
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ndgmtlcd
Aug. 24th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Que voilà des plaisants vers de mirliton!
(Pour souligner la disparition de Pluton)
pfarley
Aug. 24th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
WHO TOLD THEM THEY COULD PLAY GOD?!!
sesquipedeviant
Aug. 24th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
superb, beautiful, and utterly lovely. I would love to share this -- may i purloin it & link to it from my journal?
quirkybird
Aug. 24th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
'course!
shoomlah
Aug. 24th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
*raises a glass* Here's to pluto. Christine Lavin's song is now unfortunately pertinent.

-C
shingkhor
Aug. 25th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
This is AWESOME. The poem, I mean.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 25th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
wonderful, I loved this. Alas poor pluto.
elanor_two
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Dylan, you may have tagged it as doggerel but it is genius doggerel. I loved it. I read it & laughed & then read it out loud to my parents* twice. They think you should send it to someone, like the president of the astro society, or NPR. I concur.

[* The parents were also quite thrilled to hear of your contribution to the Fforde's new book. They want to know, if I can get a book to you, will you sign it for them?]
quirkybird
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
Sure thing! Bill will sign it too.

email dmeconis at gmail dot com and I'll send you a mailing address.
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unrendered
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
My
Very
Educated
Mother
Just
Showed
Us
Nine...

uhhh...
quirkybird
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
my home-brew mnemonic:
Many
Vampires
Eat
Mom's
Jello
Surprise,
Unfortunately
Not
Patricia


Totally destroyed!!!
countcomfect
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
That's brilliant. And completely not doggerel.
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peristaltor
Aug. 26th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
It's a floating rock. It'll get over it.
fajrdrako
Aug. 28th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
So very poetic and ode! Delightfully plutonic.
ozarque
Aug. 28th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
That is neat.
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