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Wed 19 May 2004

William Blake's "The Fly"

Category : lit

I have always loved the poignant rhymy-dimey poems. Once, as I travelled to town for some meeting, I furiously SMS-ed William Blake's "The Fly" to more than 50 of my handphone-bearing friends in the days when I was an SMS novelist - I used to send concise short stories and poems, you see.

This poem, The Fly, had to be sent in three parts. It provided appropriate pauses but helped to add to the tally of almost 500 SMS' in the trigger happy days of Jul-Aug 2000. And yes, I had to pay for my sins.

Interestingly, of those who replied, the guys SMS-replied in original and cheeky prose (mainly tongue in cheek lamentations about their miserable lives), but the girls that replied shared excerpts of their favourite poems. Interesting gender differences and an appreciation of poetry was alive and well! Pity I lost all of those with my SIM card ages ago...

The Fly
By William Blake
.

Little Fly,
Thy summer's play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink, and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.

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