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PostPosted: 01-01-2014 00:14    Post subject: "Poem" for New Year Reply with quote

New Year – one of those times when licence for a degree of silliness, is granted. Thus, the forthcoming bit of doggerel. Hoping that in the seasonal spirit, some decidedly tortured and convoluted metre-fitting and rhyming might be forgiven...



THE RELUCTANT SCEPTIC


Ah, well, I’m approaching the biblical span –
Since childhood, a cryptozoology-fan –
Thoughts lately: no sane way this stuff hold up, can --
But I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

Sixty years ago – blame, for the virus to hit,
Sir Ed’s climbing Everest, with parallel ****
Concerning the Yeti – yes, I fell for it;
But I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

Not many years later, I learnt of, I swear,
America’s Sasquatch, Keen-ya’s Nandi Bear:
A most willing believer recruited right there;
Now, I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

On the downslide from then -- Heuvelmans, Sanderson –
Per them, Third-World-wide cryptids full-blast went on;
In time since, disillusion: thoughts wishful, begone –
But I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

South America: Loys’ ape, and mylodons too;
Iemisch, Mapinguary, and what can you do?
Plus, monster anacondas: it seems total “woo”;
But I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

And mammoths in Russia – most think, all long-gone;
But a 1918 guy claimed, “met a live one”;
And some say, still there now: “whence the ivory” yarn, spun –
Still, I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

The poor thylacine – it was once real, we know;
Tales about its survival, they come and they go –
Common sense tells, end thirty or more years ago:
How I’d love to be proved to be wrong.

And China with Yerens; and Yowies in Aus. ;
Sumatra, Orang Pendeks – “they must be, because...”
In the ex-Sov-U, Almas – they’re there, or they was...
I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

And Mokele-Mbembes and Kongamatos,
And what else in Africa, Lord only knows;
And in New Guinea, Ropens – and good luck with those –
But I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

With sub-water monsters, in lakes, oceans, seas:
Here, disproof or proof harder; it can be what you please:
I see wrangling -- naught certain -- for all time, re these,
But I’d gladly be proved to be wrong.

The Yanks and their Bigfoot, or Squatch, or whatever –
A “belief” taproot there, which sure none will e’er sever;
From them, granting rational unlikelihood comes never:
And in that; well, I hope they aren’t wrong.

Impassioned believers get all in a tizz
O’er sceptics’ suggesting: “common-sense viewpoint is,
Given lack of hard evidence -- seems dodgy, this biz...
But we’d love to be proved to be wrong”.

“You liars, you scoundrels !” they yell at full throttle –
“You pretend you wish cryptids were real – you’ve some bottle !
You obfuscate, thinking your certainty they’re not, ‘ll
Be hid under, ‘wish we were wrong’ “.

Conspiracy theory’s a sad, widespread thing;
Song described, arch-believers will ne’er cease to sing –
Though we sceptics wish truly, that folk could proof bring
To let us say: “Great ! We were wrong !”

And now this Sykes know-all’s got it all taped, he swears:
Tells us Zana was a Bantu, and yetis are bears;
And mundane sources yielded, for all “bigfoot” hairs...
How I’d love if he found he was wrong.

The band plays, “This stuff can’t be real”;
Indications that way, sure are strong –
But in my fading years, let me shed a few tears,
And state how much I’d wish to be wrong.
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PostPosted: 01-01-2014 01:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo!

Fading? I hope not.
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PostPosted: 01-01-2014 02:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

"How I’d love to be proved to be wrong."

In a nut-shell, I think that sums up the position of many of us.

A great way to begin the year with such a positive contribution. Thanks amyasleigh! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 01-01-2014 08:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent stuff AM. I think the best yet.

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Fading? I hope not.


Definitely just poetic licence.
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PostPosted: 02-01-2014 02:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, all. Just reflecting, I reckon, the way that most interested sceptics about this subject, feel. There does seem – especially in the most far-out “believer” reaches of American Bigfootery – to be a strong “he that is not with us is against us”, “100% black / white” tendency – which has passionate believers getting furiously angry with – and disbelieving the assertions of – sceptics who say that they consider that cryptids being proved to exist, would be extremely cool, and they’d love it to be true.

Feeling that way, seems a “no-brainer” for most of us; but there are those for whom this thing becomes a sort of secular religion, where the (seemingly?) “lukewarm” are hated even more heatedly, than the 100% angrily-hostile-despisers-and-deniers. It beats me – with the whole thing being only about weird creatures which may or may not exist, and whose existence-or-not, is very unlikely to impinge directly on the everyday lives of interested parties; but humans seem to have this “thing” about getting furiously angry with each other over stuff which is – seen objectively – indescribably trivial. Swift, in “Gulliver’s Travels”, has fun with this phenomenon.
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