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Giant spectacle-wearing ants from Mars

For aerinah, by request. I made enough references that perhaps I should do a footnoted version as well. I'm quite willing to add extra verses if you have any other good Mars references. These were just the ones I could think of off of the top of my head, with a few references books and websites for good measure.

Somewhere beyond our atmosphere,
out in the sphere of Mars,
a race of giant ants live
in the pale light of the stars.

The light is pale and wan there
for compared to earthly bright,
the planet is much further from
the heat of Sun's warm light.

Ants are rather martial
when confronted by their kind,
but when they've tertian fever,
they can't keep war on their mind.

Instead, they go back to their nest
and browse the bookish stores,
and curl up by the fire
where they read and make s'mores.

The firelight is flick'ry quick,
the noontime sun is wan.
The formicacious readers find
their eyesight soon is gone.

Myopia's their racial flaw,
so glasses they must wear.
The curves of care-carved crystal
make their eyesight seem a stare.

All bug-eyed, they must wander 'round
with large glass spectacles,
avoiding Dejah Thoris and John
Carter's disciples.

They have to dodge, so not to step
on Cacciaguida's toe.
"Fire soul!", they each cry out,
when Marcus is their foe.

The Beagle didn't make it:
that's one not rolling 'round.
The Spirit is a problem,
when you're two feet off the ground.

When day is done, and sun has set,
and giant ants to bed,
the planet's rather safer than
when the planet's red.

Myrmecologic scientists
will tell you that it's true:
Effective laser eye surgeons,
on Mars, are very few.

Comments

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haggisthesecond
Feb. 18th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)
that's hilarious! love it!
owlfish
Feb. 19th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re:
Thank you!
haggisthesecond
Feb. 19th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re:
you deserve a treat! ...Mars Bar?
owlfish
Feb. 19th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re:
Chocolate is always a good reward, and that one especially so.
ivpiter
Feb. 18th, 2004 11:15 pm (UTC)
Very entertaining!

aerinah
Feb. 18th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
A True Martian Bard
That was amazing, owlfish! You fulfilled all of my silly criteria, right down to a rhyme for 'atmosphere'. I am thoroughly impressed. And I particularly love the last verse. *big hugs* and well done!

But now I'll have to come up with something even sillier to ask you questions about after your colloquium...
owlfish
Feb. 19th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: A True Martian Bard
Eek! I thought this was your bribe to avoid having you ask me silly questions after the colloquium? I'm glad you liked it, though!

Actually, I didn't fulfil all your critera: I owe you another verse, but I'm glad you've forgotten one of the words you wanted me to provide a rhyme for.
aerinah
Feb. 22nd, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: A True Martian Bard
Hmmm... you shouldn't have told me you owe me another verse (and you're right, I can't remember what else I asked you to rhyme for me). So now I *am* going to try to come up with an annoying question for your colloquium. Muahahahahaha!!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 22nd, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
ants
All of the barristas at Tonolo are dressed up as ants for Carnevale. A charming way to receive one's cappuccino and fritella.
owlfish
Feb. 22nd, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: ants
How strange. Carnevale certainly can be surreal. Then again, they may look more imposingly antlike in my imagination than they do for a midmorning snack.
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