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Boaty McBoatface told me all I need to know...

John Bloomberg-Rissman

Just when one thinks they know all they need to know, one recalls Alexander Wat's "From Persian Parables":

By great, swift waters

on a stony bank

a human skull lay shouting

Allah la ilah.

And in that shout such horror

and such supplication

so great was its despair

that I asked the helmsman:

What is there left to cry for? Why is it still afraid?

What divine judgment could strike it again?

Suddenly a rising wave

took hold of the skull

and tossing it about

smashed it against the bank.

Nothing is ever over

--the helmsman's voice was hollow--

and there is no bottom to evil.

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