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Lithium
dtgartman

WE are the few,
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The many, many few:
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Who, suckled at the udder
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Of a sickly dying cow,
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('Tant pis, tant pis pour nous')
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"Diminutized" -- deprived of the calcium
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Of a Hero's mighty spine
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Have found a way to stay our slow decline;
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We call it "good"-- (but is it "lithium?")
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Some say it can be used in place of butter
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Or as a salve for acne or warts.
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As for the arts,
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(I would not back this vow)
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It steadies shaking hands and withered wills
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To stony statuesque semblances of Heroes
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Without the lofty egos! ergo
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We come to days of blue Medusid pills.
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But no crested shield,
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Nor javelin, nor two-edged sword we wield
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Can slow the mighty dogs at our throats.
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So, now we wear these razor-edged coats
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And sail around and fish in one-man boats.
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We catch a Sword and let the flesh decay
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And eat the rot and cast the fresh away.
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Some enterprising chap in a motorboat
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Has or will come along
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To scoop up all the entrails,
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New and bloody, and the chum
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Among the fetid red-frothed caps.
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I see him now, two buckets at his side.
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He looks a wary one, what with that net --
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The way he slowly trolls along the tide
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Skimming the cloudy caps off the rising sea.
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No, my Friend -- don't dare liken him to me!
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Concern yourself with a much deeper matter
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Than this -- this shallow and decadent water.
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Think -- just think if all the fishy mercury
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Soaked into a brain of yet more Mercury;
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Consider the annual, the daily rise
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and fall of heat in our temples, as we sit and watch
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The wavering thermometers of our wavering minds.
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21 Sep 10

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