Things


There are things that I can imagine
that are worse than what happens to me.
And there are things that I cannot imagine
that are worse than my mind’s eye can see,
and there are things that I cannot imagine
that are worse than even those things can be,
and there are things that are worse than the things in this verse,
and so on, into infinity.

But  there are things that are better than all of these things,
and these things, they have happened to me.
And there there are things that are better than any of that,
even things that my mind’s eye can see,
and there are things that I can’t even wonder about
that are wonderful as things can be,
and still better than that: it’s things all the way up
into heavens of infinity,
and things even more great than infinity states:
aleph one, aleph two, aleph three.

I didn’t post a poem on Saturday; I had less free time than I thought, and before I knew it I was playing tabletop games and it was already midnight. Just pretend I wrote that ‘Monotony’ parody I considered on Friday. It goes like this: Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly. Monopoly (continue until the music stops.)

Today I ended up going to a convention I found out about from the other gamers. And I was right about not being able to keep this up once the supply of half-finished drafts dried up. But I found this one on my iPad, almost finished, and last edited in mid-2009, so I finished it (to the extent that anything done during a one-a-day poem-a-thon is finished.) It refers to aleph numbers, which represent bigger infinities; not just infinity plus one (which equals infinity) or infinity times two (which also equals infinity) but infinities that really are bigger, so there’s no way to map all the elements of the bigger infinity to those of the smaller one. Well, that’s the simple, poetic licence version, anyway; I’d need to get my mathematical licence renewed to tell you more.

To make up for not posting anything on Saturday, I’ll post some found haiku very soon.

Addendum, 8 June: It turns out Power Salad has already implemented that ‘Monopoly’ idea.

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