Thursday, September 06, 2007

Apotheosis becomes Nemesis

First dentistry was painless;
Then bicycles were chainless
And carriages were horseless
And many laws, enforceless.
Next, cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless
And coffee, caffeinless.
Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy hatless,
The proper diet, fatless,
Now motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religions, godless.
Arthur Guiterman Gaily The Troubadour (1936).

To which that great intellect John Barber might reply:

“You make it sound like a bad thing, mister. What’re you? One of them creationonists? One of them Spanish Inquisisitors? Ma! Get my rifle! We gots us a Spanish Inquisisitor here, and I ain’t lettin’ him put me in no Iron Maiden!”