08 January 2007


About twenty years ago an English professor named Howard Hertz taught me to read. Though arguably I was reading fine long before, he showed me how to approach a text with considerably more sophistication than before. I learned to appreciate Keats, to delight in Derrida, and to slog bravely through Hegel's Phenomonology of Mind.

He used Blake's The Sick Rose as an example of the power of poetry to simultaneously manifest many levels of meaning. Here I give you my 21st century take on that little gem:

O n00b, thou art pwned!
The zero-day worm
That flies on the 'net,
In the activeX control,

Has found the IP
Of thy Windows XP,
And its dark secret code
Makes thee a zombie.


The market is Open.

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