Saturday, January 27, 2007

My third encounter with the peacock

I was lying on my back
Reading a paper by Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig
The peacock asked me, what are you doing?
Me, reading about quark models

What is reading? he asked.
I said, well ...
What is that?
Those are the names of the two physicists who wrote this paper
What is a name?
I said, well ...

What names would you give to a worm
That spends its time below the earth's surface
Which is now wriggling in my stomach?
I said, well ...

The peacock told me,
I've swallowed 9 million worms so far
We need to name them all
I said, ok
As you said, the first step to take when you find something new is to name them
I said, ok

Saying so, we started to name
The stones and pebbles
Under our feet

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