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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Supplement to the prologue of The Canterbury Tales  

Biliana Kassabova

A little out-dated supplement to the prologue of the Canterbury tales by Mr.
Geoffrey Chaucer:

A deaf-blind Yankee led the whole parade.
It would be fair to say he was the pride of his own state --
Even if you searched for years, for night and day,
You would not find someone so self-assured and gay.
He had fought in many wars and thus he preached,
that fighting for his country was the greatest joy he reached
and though in service of this country he had lost his eye,
He still would fight for it and gladly die.
He didn't have a clue about the international affairs,
and yet he knew that what the US dares
is always right, and just, and done with good intentions
and that the A-bomb was the best of all inventions --
created to preserve the peace of the entire rightful world
and it upon the unbelievers should be hurled.
("Unbelievers" here means those imprudent folks
who do not want to be US's dogs)
But let's return to our worthy Yankee hero
and say that in the sciences he was no zero.
He knew his country's geographical arrangement
and he would proudly quote the Fifth Amendment.
But, who knows why, it didn't fit into his vast cognition
that Shelley was a poet and that Haydn wrote some compositions.
He always smiled and said that everything was cool and fun,
he was a freak of baseball game and thus my tale is done.

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