September 17th, 2005

10-J, 10-M

Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 17

Ten comic strip or comic book catchphrases:

  1. Suffering Sappho! (Wonder Woman)
  2. I hate Mondays. (Garfield)
  3. Great Caesar's Ghost! (Perry White)
  4. Holy moley! (Captain Marvel)
  5. I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today (J. Wellington Wimpy)
  6. Nov shmoz ka pop? (The Little Hitchhiker)
  7. Sweet Christmas! (Luke Cage)
  8. Good grief! (Peanuts)
  9. Leapin' lizards! (Little Orphan Annie)
  10. It's clobberin' time! (The Thing)

Greg Sorenson wanted to see the famous nonsense phrase "nov shmoz ka pop" mentioned in a list.

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poetry

Poet's Corner: Reader Request special!

A Hymn to St. Cecilia

In a garden shady this holy lady
With reverent cadence and subtle psalm,
Like a black swan as death came on
Poured forth her song in perfect calm:
And by ocean's margin this innocent virgin
Constructed an organ to enlarge her prayer,
And notes tremendous from her great engine
Thundered out on the Roman air.

Blonde Aphrodite rose up excited,
Moved to delight by the melody,
White as an orchid she rode quite naked
In an oyster shell on top of the sea;
At sounds so entrancing the angels dancing
Came out of their trance into time again,
And around the wicked in Hell's abysses
The huge flame flickered and eased their pain.

Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions
To all musicians, appear and inspire:
Translated Daughter, come down and startle
Composing mortals with immortal fire.

W. H. Auden (1907–1973)

astrablue wanted to see St. Cecilia mentioned in a list, but with her permission she's seeing her mentioned in a poem instead.